On March 9, 2015 the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reported on the debate between Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and the European Commission (EC) regarding the delay in delivering criteria for identifying endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). A group of 64 MEPs asked the EC to explain its decision to carry out an impact assessment into EDCs. The planned impact assessment delays setting the EDC identification criteria needed to restrict EDC use. The oral question for the debate quoted an article published on February 2, 2015 in the British newspaper The Guardian. The article claims that as many as 31 pesticides with endocrine disrupting properties could have been banned due to their potential health risks, if the EC had met the 2013 deadline to define EDC criteria. The European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis said he could not respond to the particular claims contained in the article, but he emphasized that investigating EDCs is a “priority file” for him. The EC is working towards a decision that must be made with full knowledge of all the facts and in full transparency, Andriukaitis added.

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BBC (March 9, 2015). “MEPs debate endocrine-disrupting chemicals regulation.

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European Parliament (March 9, 2015). “Multimedia per debate.