EU consumer strategy sets out green plans

The European Commission today published a five-year strategy to develop an EU consumer policy, with a timetable for action on several initiatives of environmental relevance. These include a workshop on chemicals in products by the end of June and a proposal for permanent controls on phthalates in some toys by the end of this year. Also due sometime this year are a white paper on integrated product policy and more developments in the EU flower ecolabel. New chemicals legislation is promised for the fourth quarter of 2002. See Commission press release.

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