MEPs agree to drop RoHS priority list

European Parliament negotiators have dropped demands for a list of 'priority substances' to be identified in revised EU rules for hazardous substances in electronics (RoHS), which would have marked them out for possible future bans.

MEPs agreed to scrap the list at a final trialogue meeting with representatives of the Council of Ministers and European Commission on Monday.

A priority list had been proposed by the commission but included only four substances. In June the parliament's environment committee voted to drastically expand it to include many substances the committee had narrowly voted against banning outright.

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