On June 8, 2016 the European Parliament (EP) voted in favor of a resolution condemning the European Commission’s inaction on regulating endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). A Joint Motion for a Resolution on EDCs was adopted by the EP’s main political groups (with the exception of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR)) on June 6, 2016 (FPF reported). The resolution refers to the decision of the General Court of the European Union ruling that the EC “breached EU law by failing to act to adopt delegated acts to specify scientific criteria for the determination of endocrine disrupting properties” (FPF reported). Further, the resolution notes that the EC insisted on continuing to conduct a socio-economic impact assessment (IA) despite the court ruling’s clarification that economic considerations are not appropriate for deciding on scientific criteria to identify EDCs. In this manner, the EC “has not yet taken action to comply with the judgment of the Court, but rather persists in its breach of EU law as declared by the Court, and is thus now also in breach of Article 266 [of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU)],” the resolution states.

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EP (June 8, 2016). “MEPs condemn Commission delays in clamping down on hormone-disrupting chemicals.

EP (June 8, 2016). “European Parliament resolution of 8 June 2016 on endocrine disruptors: State of play following the judgment of the General Court of the European Union of 16 December 2015.