Europe "must wait for Germany on Reach"

Influential MEP urges presidency to allow time for more consultation with new CDU-SPD government

The UK presidency of the EU should abandon its aim to reach an inter-governmental agreement on the Reach chemical policy reform on 29 November, an influential MEP said this week.

Hartmut Nassauer is rapporteur for Reach in the European parliament's internal market committee. The centre-right German MEP said agreement should be delayed to allow the new German government to take a position on the law.

The incoming administration, led from the right instead of the left and without a Green element would "obviously" take a different line on Reach, he said. The parliament's environment committee had introduced unacceptable restrictions, the MEP claimed, creating a "substantial need for consultation". "Under no circumstances must Reach become a job machine for China and India", he concluded.

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