For the last month, several important European policy makers have stated that a green and sustainable economy is the right medicine to counter the economic aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis. For this ambitious agenda to work, it is, however, important that the chemicals legislation is at its core.
At the moment, there is a significant political momentum for change. Last month, an informal Green recovery alliance was launched in the European Parliament, led by French member of Parliament and ENVI committee chairman, Pascal Canfin. His call for mobilisation was signed by 180 policy makers and industry leaders, including twelve European environmental ministers.
Shortly afterwards, Frans Timmermans, vice president of the European Commission, proposed a similar agenda in an Euractiv op-ed, stating that European policy makers now have to seize the opportunity to reform and make the European economy greener.