Conciliation looms as EU Reach deal elusive

Council and parliament both fail to blink first in talks aimed at finalising EU chemical policy

A final scheduled round of compromise talks between governments and MEPs on the Reach chemical reform broke up on Monday night without agreement.  The prospect of the talks entering a conciliation process – a step that would add political uncertainty and delay the regulation’s entry-into-force by several months - now looms large.

Both sides insisted on Tuesday that responsibility for tying up a deal rested with the other.  Socialist rapporteur MEP Guido Sacconi said new concessions on Reach’s substitution rules offered by the council of ministers since the previous round of talks did not move far enough towards the parliament’s position (EED 22/11/06).

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