The European parliament formally approved a deal with governments on the EU’s new chemical policy regulation, Reach on Wednesday. MEPs endorsed the agreement by a margin of five to one.
EU environment ministers are expected to give their formal approval on Monday. As a result, the law will be able to enter force in the spring, nearly three-and-a-half years after it was first tabled by the European commission.
In the parliamentary vote, attempts by Green and far-left parties to reopen some elements of the deal were soundly beaten. Rapporteur MEP Guido Sacconi hailed a "major step forward for public health, workers' safety and protection of the environment."
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