28 November 2006 11:54 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS news)--Talks between the European Parliament (EP) and the Council of Ministers on Reach have been delayed until the end of the week, an EP spokesman said on Tuesday.
He said the delay had been caused by a proposal for changes to the new chemicals policy – Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals - made by the Council on Ministers on authorisation and substitution.
“The parliament was only given the documents yesterday and wanted time to sit down in committees to discuss the changes,” the spokesman said.
He added that talks were due to resume on either Thursday or Friday.
European Union states are discussing changes to the proposed legislation with the parliament and the executive European Commission before a second-reading vote before a full parliament, which is scheduled for 14 December.
Despite the debate on substitution and authorisation, the spokesman said agreements were close on issues such as animal welfare and duty of care.
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