Denmark keeps up pressure on EU chemicals plan

Conference sheds no light on policy proposals as arguments continue over business impact

Danish environment minister Hans Christian Schmidt kept up the pressure on the European Commission to be radical in its revision of EU chemicals policy yesterday. Speaking at a conference on industry competitiveness held in Brussels by German MEP Karl-Heinz Florenz, the current chair of the EU environment council called for a wide scope and robust treatment of chemicals in finished articles.

Despite the attendance of the heads of the two Commission departments co-authoring the new proposals, the conference revealed no sign of progress in agreeing elements of future policy. Debate instead focused on the expected costs to industry of meeting likely substance regulation requirements.

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