Press release: Extracting and recycling vital metals to tackle supply risk

Rare earths account for almost a third of the weight of magnets in electric vehicle motors. While this is thought to be their single largest use, they are also needed for camera and telescope lenses, catalytic converters, aircraft engines, welding and glassmaking visors, X-ray and MRI scanners, televisions and computer screens. Full article…

Press Release: Restriction proposal on diisocyanates and several authorisation applications agreed by RAC and SEAC

The Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) and the Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) agreed on proposed restrictions on diisocyanates and on lead stabilisers in PVC articles. RAC also endorsed the joint ECHA/RAC-SCOEL Task Force report on scientific methods to assess exposure to chemicals at the workplace. Full article…

Official Journal (L Series): Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2017/2287 of 8 December 2017 specifying the forms to be used in relation to the import of mercury and of certain mixtures of mercury pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2017/852 of the European Parliament and of the Council on mercury

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Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (13 & 15 December 2017)

Agenda items concern energy & climate and environment, digital, trade and transport policy.

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Official Journal (L Series): Corrigendum to Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/2228 of 4 December 2017 amending Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on cosmetic products

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Official Journal (L Series): Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and Mongolia, of the other part

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Official Journal (L Series): Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/2119 of 22 November 2017 establishing the ‘Prodcom list’ of industrial products provided for by Council Regulation (EEC) No 3924/91

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2017 Industrial pollution country profiles (EEA)

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Give comments on the draft guidance for identifying endocrine disruptors (ECHA)

Helsinki, 7 December 2017 – This draft guidance, requested by the European Commission, has been developed by the two agencies with the support of the Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC). Earlier this year EFSA and ECHA conducted two targeted consultations on the draft of the guidance with experts representing Member States Competent Authorities and with stakeholders from industry and NGOs. Numerous comments were received and taken into account in the revision of the guidance. Full article…

UPDATED – Comitology Committee: Written Consultation of the Committee for the adaptation to technical progress and application of the Community award scheme for an eco-label (ECO-LABEL)

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Official Journal (L Series): Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2017/2117 of 21 November 2017 establishing best available techniques (BAT) conclusions, under Directive 2010/75/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council, for the production of large volume organic chemicals (notified under document C(2017) 7469)

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Commission Directive (EU) …/… of XXX amending Directive 2001/18/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the environmental risk assessment of genetically modified organisms

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Final Draft Agenda: European Parliament Plenary Session (11 – 14 December 2017)

The agenda includes items related to energy & climate, environment, digital, trade and transport policy.

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UPDATED – Merger Case: M.8727 CGE / EDPR / TRUSTWIND / DGE / REPSOL / WINDPLUS

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UPDATED – Merger Case: M.8711 MACQUARIE / OILTANKING / OILTANKING ODFJELL TERMINAL SINGAPORE

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Official Journal (C Series): Reports from the ECA on the annual accounts for the financial year 2016

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UPDATED – ‘I/A’ Item Note: Commission Regulation (EU) …/… of XXX amending the Appendices to Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) as regards CMR substances

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Event: Stakeholder workshop “Advances in the substitution of hazardous flame retardant chemicals in home textiles” (Brussels, 16 January 2018)

The FLAREX Life+ project and EURATEX will organise a workshop in association with the European Chemicals Agency to discuss the advances and implementation of chemical substitution policies in the textile industry, particularly on the use of flame retardants for home textiles including carpets, upholstery for home furniture and other products such as mattresses or curtains. Full article…

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