Germany's price for deal on Reach emerges

Government calls for EU chemical rules to be slightly diluted as key decision-point advances to 13 December

Britain has brought forward to 13 December an extraordinary ministerial meeting to decide EU governments' position on the Reach chemical policy reform. The move follows German assurances that it will back a UK compromise proposal if member states agree to several changes it will table on Tuesday this week.

Governments were originally due to strike a deal on Reach this week but the decision was put back to 19 December at Germany's request (EED 23/11/05). The country's new CDU-SPD government now says it wants to reach agreement before EU leaders meet in Brussels on 15 December.

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