EU still deadlocked over chemical control scheme

Council and parliament deal on Reach elusive, Verheugen shifts ground on substitution

Governments and the European parliament are still far from agreement on the final shape of the EU’s Reach chemical policy reform, it emerged from the second round of compromise talks this week. But there are signs that the European commission is swinging towards MEPs on the reform’s key outstanding issue.

A ‘trialogue’ meeting of Finnish EU presidency officials, rapporteur Guido Sacconi and environment committee chairman Karl-Heinz Florenz from the parliament and the EU’s industry and environment commissioners ended in stalemate in Strasbourg on Thursday morning.

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