EU deal on Reach reform likely by the weekend

New presidency compromise draws MEPs and governments almost to touching point

MEPs and governments are almost certain to reach agreement on the Reach chemical policy reform by the end of the week after a compromise plan tabled by the Finnish EU presidency on Wednesday gained widespread support on both sides. Disagreements remain but are not expected to hold back a deal.

Details of the presidency’s compromise have yet to emerge in full but the package includes stronger rules for substituting very high concern chemicals, the issue that has long divided the two institutions. The Finnish EU presidency will meet with key MEPs to discuss the plan on Thursday night. Governments are likely to give their final approval on Friday night.

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