EU states in outline deal on Reach registration

Competitiveness ministers move talks on new European chemical policy an important step forward

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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