Environment minister calls for EU ban on harmful fluorstoffer

A circular economy with recycling require that you have eliminated dangerous chemicals in products, says Lea Wermelin. All is not necessary fluorstoffer shoul

Environment minister calls for EU ban on harmful fluorstoffer

A circular economy with recycling require that you have eliminated dangerous chemicals in products, says Lea Wermelin.

All is not necessary fluorstoffer should be banned, believes a group of EU countries, including Denmark.

on Thursday, calls on the minister for the environment Lea Wermelin (S) at a meeting with the other EU countries ' environment ministers to take up the fight with the harmful substances, found in, among other rainwear, toys and fastfoodemballage.

I support an initiative together with the swedes and the Dutch, that we must regulate the fluorstoffer, which is in a lot of materials, says Wermelin in Brussels.

A ban on fluorstoffer is necessary, if Europe really needs to reuse the resources.

- we Will have the circular economy, where we actually ensure that we can reuse and recycle, so it requires that not everything is possible harmful chemicals in, say Wermelin.

It appears by a oplægspapir from Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden and Luxembourg, to the Netherlands will draw up a comprehensive "proposal to ban perfluorinated substances (group of fluorstoffer), with the exception of the required use."

There are thousands of organic fluorstoffer in both people and nature. They constitute a danger to the health - among other things, they can weaken fertility.

Thursday, the environment ministers also discussed the EU Commission's recently submitted major climate - and environment plan. It takes the minister against the "eagerly", for it is an important "stepping stone" to ensure a better climate and environment.

The European Environment agency, in a report, which was released two weeks ago, a gloomy picture of the state of the climate and the environment.

The green deal, as Ursula von der Leyen (president of the EUROPEAN Commission. ed.) have played out with, we should take and run with it. It is clear that we need to push for that it will be as ambitious as possible, says Wermelin.

QUESTION: Von der Leyen selling the green deal as "a growth strategy, but the environment agency says the reverse, that we must not think about growth, if we are to save the climate and the nature. Do you agree?

- We need to think fundamentally different. I think that we should make us extremely careful to say that we need to think about nature and the climate into which all other policies - transport, buildings, economy - if it must be done. So in this way they have the right.

- But I think that it is also really important that we make sure to get all with. We also create green jobs in the future, is part of the goal, says Lea Wermelin.

in march, the EU Commission will present a great strategy for biodiversity.

/ritzau/

Updated Date: 20 December 2019, 13:00

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