Environmental groups criticise European Commission’s environmental record

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 09 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e4691
  1. Rory Watson
  1. 1Brussels

An alliance of 10 leading European non-governmental organisations has strongly criticised the European Commission’s environmental record over the past two years. They accused it of lacking “endurance and commitment when it came to turning its plan into action.”

The report by the Green 10 coalition, which includes Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund, assesses nine European Union policy fields that affect the environment halfway through the current commission’s five year mandate.1

The health commissioner, John Dalli, is given one of the lowest grades (3.5 out of 10) for authorising an antibiotic resistant, genetically modified potato, for failing to overhaul the workings of the European Food Safety Authority, and for making little progress in ensuring more responsible use of pesticides.

Genon Jensen, executive director of the Health and Environment Alliance, a Europe-wide coalition of patients, health professionals, environmental groups, and public health organisations, called for swifter action to tackle air pollution, which leads to half a million premature deaths in Europe each year. “The commissioner can rectify this by urgently putting new proposals on the table in 2013 to concretely make a difference in the ‘year of the air,’” she said.

She also pressed for swifter action to ban dangerous chemicals and for proposals to reduce exposure to endocrine disruptors.


Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e4691


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