EU competitiveness ministers have reached an informal agreement on the basic goals of the Reach chemical policy reform's registration phase. Meeting in Luxembourg on Tuesday, a "significant number" of member states backed the main lines of a compromise registration text proposed by the current UK presidency of the EU (EED 08/09/05).
In a statement the UK's industry minister, Alan Johnson, said he was "encouraged by the positive response to the compromise proposal...this debate has taken us an important step forward to achieving agreement [on the full Reach proposal] at our next meeting in November."
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