Reach talks "on track for partial deal this year"

Dutch presidency says detailed discussions progressing well, full agreement possible by mid-2005

Government talks on the proposed Reach EU chemical policy reform are well on track to produce a partial agreement by the end of this year, Dutch presidency officials say. The latest round of negotiations finished last week. Presidency officials now tentatively forecast full agreement for around July next year.

At the third of seven working group meetings scheduled by the Dutch presidency, national diplomats and experts last week began a line-by-line scrutiny of Reach's planned registration phase. Discussions covered the proposed scope, obligations and information needs, including technical annexes.

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