Endocrine disruptors: adoption of scientific criteria for biocides
Following the endorsement by Member States, on 4 July, of the scientific criteria to identify endocrine disruptors in the field of pesticides or plant protection products (see press release and fact sheet), the European Commission adopted today the scientific criteria for biocides. This will allow to fully align the criteria in both legislations, as the objective is to have the same criteria applicable in both sectors. The adopted text will be sent to the Parliament and the Council for a scrutiny period of two-months. As for the criteria for pesticides, the criteria adopted today also specify that the identification of an endocrine disruptor should be carried out by taking into account all relevant scientific evidence including animal, in-vitro or in-silico studies, and by using a ‘weight of evidence’-based approach. It is important to note that the criteria in the area of pesticides and biocides will apply also to substances for which assessment or re-evaluations are already ongoing. For more information see here.
Better access to drinking water thanks to Cohesion Policy investments
Almost €96 million from the Cohesion Fund is being invested to upgrade water supply and waste water networks in Croatia’s Slavonia and Istria regions and on the island of Krk. Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu said: “Each euro the EU invests in these projects contributes to better access to clean drinking water and a preserved environment in Croatia.” This investment package includes: (1) €19.3 million for the construction of a waste water treatment plant and of filtration systems in the urban area of Osijek and the towns of Bilje and Darda, in the North-Eastern Croatian region of Slavonia, to protect the groundwater from infiltration. 125,000 people will benefit from better access to drinking water as a result of this project, which should be completed by end 2018. (2) Almost €28 million for the upgrade of 4 waste water treatment plants in the urban areas of Lanterna, Poreč Sjever, Poreč Jug and Vrsar, in the Western region of Istria. (3) €48.5 million for better access to clean drinking water on Krk, an island home to almost 14,500 people and which hosts 5 million tourist overnights per year. Works involve the rehabilitation of nearly 40 km of water supply network, the construction of 6 wastewater treatment plants and the construction of 80 km of sewers. Once the project is completed in 2020, the vast majority of the island will be connected to modern drinking water and sewage networks. More information on EU funds in Croatia is available on the Cohesion Open Data Platform.