Commission backs Sacconi compromise on Reach

European parliament debate reveals broad support for multi-party deal on EU chemical policy

The European commission has backed a compromise on the Reach chemical policy reform's registration stage agreed by the European parliament's three biggest political groups. The commission's support for the Sacconi plan significantly boosts the chances of it becoming EU law if MEPs endorse the deal on Thursday.

Opening the parliament's plenary debate on Reach on Tuesday, industry commissioner G√ľnter Verheugen confimed that the Commission had dropped its original approach to registration. If the council takes a similar line the law cold be adopted quickly, he said. "All in all, there is hope for this to be on the statute book by the end of the year."

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