Reach compromise talks head to the wire

Negotiations make little headway towards bridging differences on major EU chemical reform

MEPs and EU government representatives emerged from compromise talks on the Reach chemical policy reform on Monday evening no closer to overcoming their differences.  A final meeting is scheduled for 27 November.

If no agreement is reached by 6 December conciliation talks are likely, pushing back the whole timetable and introducing new uncertainties into the process.

The European parliament delegation is continuing to hold out for greater concessions from the council of ministers over Reach’s authorisation procedures for dangerous chemicals.  Led by socialist rapporteur MEP Guido Sacconi, the parliament responded to a compromise text agreed by the council last week (EED 17/11/06).

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