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Swedes criticise agreement for new EU chemicals agency

Published fredag 1 december 2006 kl 12.12
EU parliament in Strasbourg, France

After years of haggling over how to balance environmental concerns against business growth, EU governments and lawmakers reached a deal on Thursday on The Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals law, or REACH.

The text will go before the assembly for a second reading on December 13th.

While countries like Britain and Poland had been warning the new rules will hit businesses hard financially, countries such as Sweden and Denmark had been hoping for even stronger measures.

Euro MPs Carl Schlyter from Sweden’s Green Party and the Centre Party’s Lena EK say they are disappointed that the legislation has been watered down and would mean many dangerous chemicals will not be replaced with safer alternatives.

But Sweden’s Environment Minister, Andreas Carlgren, says REACH will mean an essential improvement in protecting people from dangerous chemicals.

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