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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