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HEAL welcomes MEP vote for better health protection in the 7th EAP

HEAL welcomes the prominence given to improving health in the 7th EU Environment Action Programme including a focus to reduce asthma and allergies related to indoor air pollutants and reducing exposure to harmful chemicals such as endocrine disrupting chemicals.

On 24 April the European Parliament’s Environment Committee adopted their position on the 7th EU Environment Action Programme (EAP). MEPs will now enter into negotiations with member states with a view to adopting a first reading agreement in June.

HEAL is pleased that the 7th EAP includes a focus on reducing asthma and allergies related to indoor air pollutants and reducing exposure to harmful chemical substances. Hazardous chemicals such as EDCs are the top environmental health worry of Europeans, and the MEPs have rightly underlined the urgency of reducing exposure.

HEAL is particularly pleased that bio-monitoring has received support. Once properly resources, this should allow EU policy makers to take better informed decisions and to effectively track the benefits for health of environmental action in Europe over time.

Ahead of the EP Committee adopting their position, HEAL laid out a list of recommendations for the 7th EAP available here.

Originally posted on 10 May 2013

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