MEPs back quick EU ban on anti-fouling paint

European parliament transport committee proposes no changes to 2008 TBT phase-out date

The European parliament's transport committee today backed a proposal for the EU to ban continued use of the ship anti-fouling agent tributyl tin (TBT) from next year. The draft regulation implements a global agreement signed in 2001 but which is unlikely to take effect for several years. It was unveiled by the European Commission in July (EED 10/07/02).

MEPs adopted 33 amendments to the Commission proposal, all of them minor. Ministers will reach a common position once the full parliament has voted on the committee's proposals. Because of an apparently high degree of consensus between the institutions the regulation could even be finalised without a second reading.

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