Dimas under pressure over Reach authorisation

Barroso, Verheugen, Poettering push EU environment chief to accept lesser controls on hazardous chemicals

Environment commissioner Stavros Dimas is resisting pressure from his most senior colleagues to accept a softer line on the Reach chemicals reform's rules for authorising the most dangerous chemicals, it has emerged.

Mr Dimas met industry commissioner G√ľnter Verheugen and commission president Jose Manuel Barroso, along with the leader of the European parliament's centre-right EPP grouping, Hans-Gert Poettering, on Wednesday to discuss Reach. The talks followed council of ministers' debate on the regulation on Tuesday (EED 29/11/05).

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