MEPs in backlash against "too weak" Reach deal

Greens joined by rebel socialist parliamentarians in rejecting EPP-Socialist compromise plan

The European parliament's two Green parties have been joined by 20 rebel socialists in rejecting a parliamentary compromise on Reach brokered by socialist rapporteur Guido Sacconi. The MEPs attacked the deal as too weak to safeguard human health and the environment (EED 09/11/05).

The Greens/EFA and the Nordic Green Left moved swiftly on Wednesday to present their own counter-amendments. "We hope the week of discussion before the plenary vote will reveal the weaknesses in that compromise," Swedish Green MEP Carl Schlyter said on Thursday. "The counter-pressure will now mount, and we have the chance to change the agreement."

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