Council pushes forward debate on Reach reform

Dutch presidency's high hopes take a knock as officials seek "common ground" on key issues of chemicals reform

EU government negotiators this week held their latest round of talks on the first three building blocks of the Reach chemical reform package. Officials are now closer to picking out a handful of key issues for discussion by environment and competitiveness ministers before the end of the year.

The fourth of seven working group meetings scheduled by the Dutch presidency took place on Monday and Tuesday. The group is tackling the first three "titles" of Reach, including the substance testing and registration procedures that underpin the whole regulation, plus its scope and rules on data sharing and animal tests.

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