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1 1 CEHAPE 1. Dec. 2004 Sascha Gabizon, European Eco-Forum / WECF Developing NGO action

2 2 CEHAPE - EU Action Plan CEHAPE for most non-EU states will integrate into NEHAPs, if exist most likely no extra funds or will do nothing - if no pressure from constituency (medical professional organisations, NGOs)

3 3 EU Action Plan Most EU countries will integrate CEHAPE in Action Plan Action Plan focuses on children and 4 key areas good understanding of the link between environmental factors and: childhood respiratory diseases, asthma and allergies; neurodevelopmental disorders; childhood cancer; endocrine disrupting effects. Funding from existing budget lines

4 4 EU Action Plan Actions 13 Actions, e.g. Action 3: Develop a coherent approach to biomonitoring in Europe and one Europe- wide pilot project (e.g.lead) Action 1: Develop Environmental Health Indicators Action 2: Develop integrated monitoring of the environment, including food, to allow the determination of relevant human exposure Action 5: Integrate and strengthen European environment and health research

5 5 EU Action Plan Action 6: Target research on diseases, disorders and exposures Action 10: Promote training of professionals and improve organisational capacity in environment and health. Action 12: Improve indoor air quality Action 13: Follow developments regarding electromagnetic fields (EMF)

6 6 Focus - Children Via CEHAPE, bring focus on children into EU Action Plan Not an excuse to wait with Action Propose Actions as part of CEHAPE which are urgent: INDOOR AIR (new in Action Plan) Focus on building materials Focus on childrens indoor environment Cooperate with WHO, EEA, UNEP

7 7 Role of NGOs Immediate actions at own level HouseholdEnvironment InstitutionHealth MunicipalityResearch ProvinceTraining CountryAwareness EUDemonstration Pan-European

8 8 Identify urgent actions: communication - legislation pesticides for indoor use spraying pesticides in schools (Spain) pesticides in restaurants (Italy) fragrances day-care, shops Bisphenol-A baby bottles non-sticking pans phthalates in childrens toys (scoubidou) brominated flameretardants in child furniture Parabens wet-wipes Phthalates and parabens in childrens shampoos, creams Organic food in day-care and kindergartens REACH

9 9 EEN proposes to Take immediate action on An immediate interimistic ban on use of DEHP, a reproductive toxic, in medical devices for neonates, pregnant women and nursing mothers (in the context of the draft Risk Reduction Strategy) Pesticides that have PBT, CMR or vPvB properties should be excluded from EU authorisation (in the context of the review of Directive 91/414/EEC on Plant Protection Products authorisation). Continued use of chemicals in everyday consumer products, such as childrens toys, carpets and many other household goods, which accumulate in human bodies and are traceable in blood and breast milk.

10 10 NIS + CEE countries: chemicals, waste, water Waste policies, no PVCs in packaging Burning plastic waste indoors Pesticide waste dump, contaminating drinking water Communication Financial support Also NGOs

11 11 Empower citizens to avoid exposure Citizens enviro- health complaints registration Access to independent testing Sources of contaminants Emerging hazards Health effects Access to environmental health professionals

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