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Commission faces censure over hormone disrupting chemicals

MEPs have delivered a motion of censure to the European Commission over its failure to meet its legal obligation to define endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs).

The motion, which was drafted by Piernicola Pedicini, an Italian MEP from the right-wing Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy Group, received the backing of the 10 per cent of MEPs required for it to be debated by the European Parliament, the Parliament announced on 12 May. If it is passed by the Parliament with a two-thirds majority of the votes, the Commission will have to resign, although Pedicini told the member organisation Science Business that this outcome was unlikely.

Lisette van Vliet, senior advisor at the campaigning organisation Health and Environment Alliance, told the news website Chemical Watch the motion means that at least ten per cent of MEPs have “serious concerns about the way the Commission is obeying the law”, a post on the EFDD website said.

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