Pressure grows for EU crack-down on TBT

Denmark pressed to support Germany after Commission rejects national ban on organotin biocides

A senior Danish MP has called for a renewed effort by governments to persuade the European Commission to propose an EU-wide ban on all organotin biocides. The move by parliamentary environment committee chair Joern Jespersen follows the Commission's rejection of a German plan for such a law (EED 02/08/01).

"I want our [environment] minister [Svend Auken] to support the German proposal," Mr Jespersen told ENDS Europe DAILY. Mr Jespersen is demanding that both governments form a common front on the issue with Belgium, which last year made its own unsuccessful bid to unilaterally exceed EU rules on tributyl tin (TBT) use in ship antifouling paints. He believes Sweden and Finland might also join the movement.

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