2013 budget deal leaves ECHA underfunded

The EU budget for next year risks endangering the new biocide approval regime because the chemicals agency did not get enough funding to process applications

This week’s deal on the EU budget for next year risks endangering the new biocide approval regime because the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) did not get enough funding to process applications, the agency has warned.

The agreed budget leaves the agency with a shortfall of at least €1m. As a result, it will not be able to employ 40% of the staff it planned to hire to handle applications from companies seeking market authorisations in 2013.

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