Sacconi drives through Reach registration deal

Major political groups in the European parliament agree joint position as deadline nears for key vote

The European parliament's major political groups have struck a compromise on substance registration procedures in the Reach chemical policy. The deal means the parliament is virtually certain to adopt a first reading position on Reach next week. It will brings MEPs close to a consensus forming in the council of ministers.

Reach rapporteur MEP Guido Sacconi announced the deal on Wednesday after gaining the backing of his own socialist group for a compromise text agreed yesterday with the centre-right EPP party. Talks continue on other parts of Reach but it is unlikely compromises will emerge before the plenary session votes next Thursday.

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