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Lynn Boylan MEP calls on Commissioner Hogan to provide full transparency on chemicals lobby meetings

20 February, 2016 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan today reacted to news that the office of Ireland’s EU Commissioner, Phil Hogan, is to meet next week with pesticides lobbyists on the controversial topic of endocrine disruptors.

Ms Boylan said:

“The European Commission has long courted controversy on the subject of endocrine disrupting chemicals, substances found in materials such as pesticides which are associated with hormone related cancers and altered reproductive function in males and females.

The Commission has been heavily criticised for years by health experts for dragging its feet on proposals to regulate such chemicals properly and was even taken to court successfully by the Swedish government last year for the delays. The General Court of the EU ruled in favour of Sweden stating that the Commission’s failure to come up with proposals on endocrine disruptors by the date set for it was illegal and the delays created by the Commission were unnecessary.”

Ms Boylan continued:

“The group Hogan will be meeting with, European Crop Protection Association is a lobbying group which represents chemical giants Bayer, Monsanto and Syngenta and has for years opposed tighter rules on these endocrine disruptors.

Under new transparency rules Commissioner Hogan is forced to reveal who he and his cabinet meets with and the broad topic under discussion but unfortunately, these rules do not go far enough and publicly available minutes of the meeting will not be obligatory.

I call on Commissioner Hogan and his office to be fully transparent about this meeting with the pesticides lobbyists and to voluntarily publish detailed minutes.

I further urge him to give short shrift to any pleas for leniency from these lobbyists on future chemicals regulation. Hogan and his cabinet must put health protection of our citizens above the profits of these chemicals giants.”

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