Differences over EU chemical rules revealed

Leaked Commission paper confirms deep disagreements over authorisation of dangerous substances

The European Commission's environment and industry departments remain locked in dispute over a planned directive to strengthen EU chemicals policy, it has emerged. The extent of the disagreements is revealed in a leaked internal paper dated 30 July and seen by ENDS Europe DAILY (see link below). An official spokesperson acknowledged today that all the issues mentioned remained "up for discussion".

The paper sets out competing positions from the enterprise and environment directorates for the design of the Reach regulatory system's demanding authorisation procedure for the most dangerous chemicals and was recently leaked to pressure group Greenpeace. The Commission is due to publish its proposals before the end of the year, though this timetable is widely expected to slip (EED 30/09/02).

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