EU Environment Report - February 2013

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In This Issue:

*Chemicals:

- Commission concludes that the REACH Regulation has brought significant improvements

- Commission releases roadmap on SVHCs

- ECHA publishes additional list of substances for REACH registration by May 2013

*Climate Change:

- Parliament backs Commission’s proposal to suspend ETS for intercontinental flights

*Eco-design:

- Commission publishes eco-label criteria for sanitary tapware

*Products:

- Commission adds illustrative examples to EU definition of packaging

- French government proposes broad environmental labelling requirement

*Other:

- Commission opens consultation on revision of EU inspection rules

- Commission opens anti-dumping investigation into imports of solar glass originating in China

*The Months Ahead:

- Workshops & Conferences

- Excerpt from CHEMICALS: Commission concludes that the REACH Regulation has brought significant improvements:

On 5 February 2013, the European Commission (“Commission”) published its general report on Regulation 1907/2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (“REACH”). The publication of the report fulfils the obligation on the Commission to review functioning of the REACH Regulation every five years. Generally, the Commission concluded that the REACH regime has brought significant improvements in the management of chemical risks – a marked increase in the quality of data submitted to the European Chemicals Agency during the first registration phase and a marked decrease in the risks associated with the substances already registered. In particular, the report notes that the REACH Regulation poses a significant burden to SMEs and proposes a list of measures aiming to reduce the administrative burden of REACH for SMEs while assisting them to fulfil all REACH obligations...

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