Wallström fury at Commission Reach capitulation

European Commission vice-president Margot Wallström has slammed her environment and industry colleagues for accepting a drastic dilution of the Reach chemical policy, European Voice newspaper reported on Thursday. In a leaked letter to Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso, Ms Wallström - who oversaw the initial drafting of Reach - criticises a "room paper" circulated last month (EED 26/09/05). "I cannot see any good reason why the Commission should be lowering its stance and ambition by positioning itself below the compromise on offer by the UK presidency," she complains. See European Voice article (subscription required).

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