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Kindest regards
Diane
 
 
 I have since found; Margot Wallström, Commissioner for the Environment Commission launches Environment and Health Action Plan 2004-2010  (see further below)

 
 
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Poison Threat

During the European Election campaign we heard very little, if anything, from our prospective MEP's about what they would do to protect & improve Europe's environment & public health.

In particular what they were going to do about reducing our exposure to hazardous man-made chemicals in everyday products such as toiletries, soft furnishings, TV's & computers.

According to the World Wildlife Fund, one of the main environmental organisations, many of these chemicals fail to break down in the environment & they accumulate in humans & wildlife-leaving a legacy of contamination that will affect our children & grandchildren.

Yet this need not be so. A draft EU chemicals law is due to be amended very shortly & voted on by the EU  Parliament. If strengthened, it could help reduce our exposure to such chemicals & save us £180 billion in health expenditure, according to research.

A recent European opinion poll showed that 93 per cent of people questioned believe chemicals negatively affect health. So it is vital our MEPs listen to peoples concerns on this issue, & not bow to heavy lobbying by the chemical industry, which wants to avoid making the products safe. This would involve more investment by the chemical industry, which they view as a dent in their profits,

Our children, families, pets, & wildlife are in danger from man-made chemicals in everyday products. I am therefore calling on my locally elected MEPs to make a public commitment to support a robust chemical regulation, which places human health & the environment above chemical industry profits.

DAVID BAILEY, North Lodge Close, Dawlish.  

   

Fax:01803 676299  e-mail: letters@heraldexpress.co.uk

        


IP/04/728

Brussels, 9 June 2004

Commission launches Environment and Health Action Plan 2004-2010

The European Commission today launched an action plan to reduce diseases caused by a polluted environment. The plan would develop an EU system integrating information on the state of the environment, the ecosystem and human health. It identifies 13 actions, which include initiatives on how to better understand the environment-health link and establish how environmental exposure leads to epidemiological effects. It also focuses on research activities, for instance on asthma/allergy, neuro-developmental disorders, cancers and endocrine disrupting effects. It calls for awareness-raising on risks affecting the citizen, and training of professionals in environment and health issues. It also looks at the feasibility of human biomonitoring at European level, i.e. monitoring of blood, urine or hair samples to measure exposure to environmental pollutants. The Action Plan is the Commission’s main contribution to the Fourth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health of the World Health Organisation (WHO) taking place in Budapest on 23-25 June 2004. The Conference is dedicated to “The Future of our Children”.

Margot Wallström, Commissioner for the Environment, said: "Europe’s citizens expect policy makers to act. As individuals we can make certain choices about our lifestyles which affect our health, but we cannot select the quality of air we breathe or always protect ourselves from exposure to pollutants that may build up in our bodies – sometimes even before we are born.  The proposed Action Plan is a significant step forward.‘’

David Byrne, Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection said: " Our health is our wealth – and a clearer understanding of the overall environmental impact on human health will be welcomed by  citizens. Our Environment and Health action plan is science-based and the follow-up process transparent so that all stakeholders can play a full part in the debate.” Commissioner Pavel Telička added: “Protecting the health of our children from a deteriorating environment is a long-term priority. The new Commission will continue to take the lead in the action for children together with the WHO.”

European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin added: “To prevent environment-related disease it is essential to understand and quantify the underlying causes and related risk factors. To achieve this goal, a challenging approach for European research has been outlined in the Action Plan. This array of research actions is expected to lead to a much deeper understanding of environmental health risks.”


Key elements of the Action Plan

The plan, which covers the period 2004-2010, involves setting up a system that will better equip the Commission to act. This requires systematic and improved co-operation between health, environment and research sectors on a scale not achieved before. The plan focuses on:

-       better understanding the environment-health link and establishing how environmental exposure leads to epidemiological effects. Measures include monitoring of health indicators, the environment and the different routes through which people are exposed

-       strengthening European research activities, including the four priority diseases identified: asthma/allergy, neuro-developmental disorders, cancers and endocrine disrupting effects. It will also address emerging issues such as the effect of climate change on health.

-       drawing conclusions from the improved information allowing us to review and adjust risk reduction policy, and improve communication.

See “Questions and Answers on the Action Plan”, MEMO/04/143