"Reach-lite" EU chemicals plan emerges

Wallström and Liikanen respond to pressure by significantly lightening proposed requirements

Revised proposals for a major overhaul of EU chemicals policy have emerged from the European Commission's enterprise and environment directorates. The new draft of Reach considerably lightens the burden on industry as the departments attempt to halt rising industry and government opposition to plans for a new substance regime.

ENDS Europe DAILY is pleased to make available to our readers copies of key parts of the new draft. See links below. In a separate article in this edition we summarise the most important changes made since the Commission's previous draft, circulated for consultation in May 2003 (EED 07/05/03).

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