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EU strategy on endocrine disruption

Environment DG


icon European Commissionís Directorate-General for Research
(Research DG)

The Mission Statement of the Research DG can be summarised as follows:

  • to develop the European Unionís policy in the field of research and technological development and thereby contribute to the international competitiveness of European industry;
  • to co-ordinate European research activities with those carried out at the level of the Member States;
  • to support the Unionís policies in other fields such as environment, health, energy, regional development etc.;
  • to promote a better understanding of the role of science in modern societies and stimulate a public debate about research-related issues at European level.

The Directorate-General for Research of the European Commission has taken actions to tackle the problem of endocrine disrupters:

In the Fourth Research Framework Programme (FP4, 1994-1998), even before the first Communication from the Commission was published. Specific FP4 projects sponsored by the Research DG are described in the section about completed projects.

In the Fifth Research Framework Programme (FP5, 1998-2002), as a direct response to the Community Strategy on Endocrine Disrupters [COM(1999)706 final, PDF format : ~ 386 kb PDF file - 167Kb], research activities were greatly enhanced, with the total budget reaching over 60 million euros. Specific projects sponsored by the Research DG are described in the sections on completed and ongoing projects.

Endocrine disruption has not been forgotten in the Sixth Research Framework Programme (FP6, 2002-2006), with this topic being specifically addressed by Priority 5 (Food quality and safety) and, to a lesser extent, by Priority 6 (Sustainable development, global change and ecosystems).

Seventh Research Framework Programme logoThe first calls for proposals in FP7 have been published on CORDIS. During FP7, research related to endocrine disrupters may be funded in the Cooperation programme in the Theme "Environment (including Climate Change)" or "Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology".

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