EU deal reached on trade in dangerous chemicals

MEPs and governments toughen proposals to allow chemical exports to countries without their consent

EU governments and MEPs have agreed on a revision of rules implementing the UN's Rotterdam convention on prior informed consent (PIC) for trade in dangerous chemicals. The agreement has been reached at first reading and must still be approved by both the council of ministers and European parliament.

The deal was reached last week after the Portuguese EU presidency, acting for governments, agreed to the parliament's demands to restrict the conditions under which EU operators may export dangerous chemicals without the prior consent of the receiving country.

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