EU advisory body spikes critical Reach report

Economic and social committee to draft second opinion after postponing vote on damning assessment of reform plans

The European economic and social committee (EESC) has postponed planned approval of a report drafted by one of its specialist commissions critical of the EU Reach chemical reform. The EESC central bureau decided on Tuesday that the full committee would issue a new appraisal of Reach as follow up to a first opinion published earlier this year.

The spiked report was drafted by committee member David Sears, a former deputy director of the British chambers of commerce, for EESC's consultative commission on industrial change (CCMI). As we reported on Monday, It charged that the Reach proposals had been drawn up with little consultation of major industry players and were massively flawed (EED 13/12/04).

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