EU "overplayed environment-health risks"

Action plan published two years ago exaggerated the extent of the problem, commission officials admit

The European commission has effectively admitted exaggerating environmental impacts on human health in an action plan launched two years ago.

In a new paper evaluating the 2004 "Scale" environmental and health action plan it concludes that negative impacts are "relatively limited" in the context of overall health risks. The decision to use this phrase was politically sensitive, officials have told ENDS.

Scale was the brainchild of former environment commissioner Margot Wallström, now responsible for communications in the EU executive. Insiders say that the initiative lost much of its political momentum almost as soon as she was replaced by Stavros Dimas.

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