Industry fingerprints on European Green Deal


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Manmade toxic chemicals are linked to rising healthfertilitydevelopmental and environmental problems, including the collapse in insect, bird and aquatic mammal populations. 

Last week, a damning European Environment Agency report found that chemicals were one of Europe’s main environmental problems and most off-track policy areas. Environment ministers and parliamentarians have repeatedly called on the European Commission to do more on chemical safety. 

Ursula von der Leyen duly promised a “zero pollution” goal and other improvements within a European Green Deal as part of her bid to become Commission president.

But a recent leak of the Green Deal reflected a host of chemical industry preferences. Plans for a “package of regulatory measures” by 2021 were part of a draft that emerged on 29 November, but was removed in a second draft seen by the European Environmental Bureau days later. That version contained no chemical policy reforms whatsoever. An “innovation principle” is present in a leaked Commission presentation, roughly a copy and paste of industry proposals.

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