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Civil society organisations and the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) have again stressed their opposition and support, respectively, for chemicals regulatory cooperation measures to be included in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) currently being negotiated between the EU and the US.


Numerous NGOs wrote to the chair of the European Parliament’s trade committee, Bernd Lange, asking him to support a motion adopted by the Parliament’s Environment Committee calling for the exclusion of chemicals from TTIP.


They reiterated their concern that regulatory cooperation on chemical issues under the future trade agreement may have a negative effect on the EU’s right to identify and regulate endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) under its pesticides and biocides Regulations.


At the same time, Cefic and the American Chamber of Commerce in the EU held an event to stress their support for TTIP and the opportunity it brings to the chemical industry on both sides of the Atlantic.


These actions followed the ninth round of negotiations, which took place in New York at the end of April. The EU chief negotiator said at the time that chemicals would not be excluded from TTIP (CW 28 April 2015).



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