EU green policies "threaten competitiveness"

Employers' organisation Unice has again urged the EU to rethink its direction on implementing the Kyoto climate change protocol and the Reach chemicals policy to avoid hampering European industrial competitiveness. The issues are two of four key priorities in a "competitiveness action plan" launched on Monday, underlining calls in a separate report it issued last November (EED 18/11/03). Meanwhile, EU chemicals lobby Cefic warned on Friday that the sector's competitiveness was at risk, partly because of the potential future costs of Reach. See statements by Unice and Cefic.

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