3 July 2017

Attempts to limit the use of hazardous substances in Europe are being hindered by poor implementation of Europe’s chemical laws

Governments who want to limit the use of toxic chemicals are being set a high burden of proof while industry concerns are being accepted with little […]
7 June 2017

European chemical law has made a difference but still needs to be implemented properly warn EEB

After 10 years of chemicals legislation, REACH, we still need to do much more to protect people and the environment effectively. Europe’s flagship chemicals legislation, REACH, […]
19 May 2017

EU ratification propels global mercury treaty into force

Today the EU and seven of its member states (Bulgaria, Denmark, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Romania, and Sweden) ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury, thereby providing […]
28 April 2017

Cleaner air the winner after Germany fails to block new EU rules

Campaigners have welcomed the EU’s adoption of new air pollution limits that could significantly reduce toxic emissions from Europe’s dirtiest power plants. The new rules, which […]
26 April 2017

European NGOs call on dentists to stop mercury use on children immediately

European NGOs are calling on dentists to implement immediately the upcoming ban on mercury dental fillings for children and pregnant women. Yesterday, the EU Council adopted […]
21 April 2017

Commission must not give in to pressure to protect dirty coal

Leading environmental NGOs have written to European Commissioner Karmenu Vella [1] urging him to protect a new environmental standards document that could reduce toxic pollution and […]
5 April 2017

Air quality ruling is tip of the iceberg

The EEB welcomes today’s ECJ judgement on Bulgaria’s illegal air. [1] The ruling sends a warning signal to at least 18 other countries, including France, Germany, […]
4 April 2017

European petition demands government action to slash toxic coal deaths

Effective air pollution limits could save more than 20,000 lives every year, yet some national governments are threatening to veto EU measures to tackle toxic pollution. […]
14 March 2017

EEB welcomes European Parliament’s vote on mercury

The EEB today welcomed the European Parliament’s vote to restrict the use of mercury within the EU.  The new regulation, already informally approved between the EU […]
15 February 2017

EEB welcomes European Commission action on illegal air

The EEB welcomes today’s announcement that the European Commission will pursue infringement proceedings against France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK for having failed to protect […]
10 February 2017

EEB reaction to the Commission’s regulation on flame retardant DecaBDE

While the EEB welcomes the Commission’s action to restrict the use of the flame retardant DecaBDE, we regret it took more than 15 years for the […]
9 December 2016

EEB welcomes strengthening of EU mercury laws

The EEB today welcomed the deal struck in the early hours of yesterday (7 December) by the European Commission, EU Member States and the European Parliament […]