23 September 2002 15:13 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (CNI)--The European Environment Bureau (EEB) said Monday it is concerned that reform of European Union (EU) chemicals policy is losing political momentum.
The comments, by EEB chemicals co-ordinator Stefan Scheuer, come ahead of a conference on Friday (27 September) aimed at rejuvenating action to reform European chemicals regulations.
Scheuer criticised the chemicals industry for causing some of the setbacks to EU chemicals policy reform and said that repeated calls for further cost benefit analyses could compromise the strength of reforms and hamper political momentum.
The EEB said delays in the submission of legislative proposals for EU chemicals policy reform will jeopardise its aim of implementing a new system by 2004 and a single system governing all chemicals by 2012. The EEB is also concerned that delays will create major problems in achieving commitments to reform.
Decision-makers and experts from EU member states, representatives from environmental, consumer and animal rights organisations, and delegates from industry and trade unions will attend the conference, which is supported by the Danish and German environment ministries.
The EEB federation of 133 environment organisations chemicals campaign was created in June 1998 to contribute to and influence chemicals policy reform.
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