Reach costs "moderate and manageable"

Nordic governments issue new research on EU chemicals reform, urge focus on benefits

Implementing the EU's Reach chemical policy reform will cost only a fraction as much as claimed by industry critics, says a study for the Nordic council of ministers. Nevertheless, the analysis predicts higher direct costs than forecast by the European Commission.

Presenting the results at a European parliament seminar on Wednesday, Swedish environment minister Lena Sommestad urged the EU to refocus attention on Reach's benefits. "The costs are moderate and manageable," she insisted.

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