EU states delay first-reading deal on Reach

UK considers extraordinary ministerial before end of year as German postponement request granted

An EU ministerial vote on the Reach chemicals reform due at the end of this month has been postponed, the UK presidency has confirmed. It said a political agreement could still be reached by the end of the year. The move was announced after a meeting of senior diplomats on Friday morning.

The UK said it had granted Germany's request not to hold a first-reading vote at the 28-29 November meeting of competitiveness ministers. Germany called for the postponement last week, arguing that it needed a delay because its new government - which is expected to take a more business friendly line on Reach - will only be sworn in on 22 November.

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