UK shoots for early deal on Reach registration

EU presidency asks competitiveness ministers to reach agreement now on key element of new chemicals policy

EU competitiveness ministers will be asked to compromise on the controversial registration phase of the Reach chemical policy reform on Tuesday. If a united position emerges then negotiations will have taken an important step forward because governments will then be able to concentrate on other parts of Reach.

"The priority is to agree on a registration package," UK industry minister Alun Michael told a conference in Brussels on Monday. The decision-making process was running well in all EU institutions and it was still "realistic" to expect an overall political agreement at the end of November, he added.

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