In an unusual move, the European parliament on Tuesday rejected a compromise deal reached with EU governments on banning mercury in measuring devices. The vote could mean a lengthy delay before the legislation is finalised.
The draft first-reading agreement was reached at the beginning of November between parliament’s rapporteur and the EU presidency (EED 03/11/06). The full parliament has refused to endorse application of the ban to barometers as well as thermometers.
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