EU executive says green deal delivers on ‘non-toxic environment’

The European Commission is confident that plans for the chemicals industry contained within its European Green Deal (EGD) will be sufficient to persuade governments that it will deliver an overdue ‘strategy for a non-toxic environment’, which it failed to deliver last year despite being required to do so under the EU’s 2013 Environmental Action Programme.

“We have to reform industry to get a non-toxic environment, we have to clean up the pollution that is already there… but we are going to abide by it,” a senior official told ENDS at a press briefing in Brussels.

Nine European environment ministers – including those of France, Spain and the Netherlands – wrote to the European Commission last month demanding the non-toxic environment strategy, which the executive appeared to have little enthusiasm for, be delivered by the end of next year “at the latest”.

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