EU moves to regulate hormone-damaging chemicals linked to cancer and male infertility were shelved following pressure from US trade officials over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) free trade deal, newly released documents show.

Draft EU criteria could have banned 31 pesticides containing endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). But these were dumped amid fears of a trade backlash stoked by an aggressive US lobby push, access to information documents obtained by Pesticides Action Network (PAN) Europe show.

On 26 June 2013, a high-level delegation from the American Chambers of Commerce (AmCham) visited EU trade officials to insist that the bloc drop its planned criteria for identifying EDCs in favour of a new impact study.


11 thoughts on “EU dropped pesticide laws due to US pressure over TTIP, documents reveal

    • Correct, but the U.S. is using the TTIP negotiations as leverage against proposed E.U. regulations on pesticides and probably a lot of other commercial products and services.


      • I see. It’s a shame that this is what these kinds of trade negotiations result in. Is there any chance that the TTIP can be blocked? I’d hate to see how much worse things will get if it goes through.


        • Both the TPP and TTIP are too close to call right now, but the former has moved farther along towards passage. Progress on the latter has been postponed in Europe because of public uproar over its ISDS provision.


  1. This was easier to do BECAUSE of the EU. Having to deal with all the separate governments separately would have been much more difficult and time consuming allowing time for resistance to the proposals.


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