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Parliamentary question - E-000939/2022(ASW)Parliamentary question
E-000939/2022(ASW)

Answer given by Mr Sinkevicius on behalf of the European Commission

The Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability[1] aims at advancing the transition to chemicals that are safe and sustainable on the basis of a coherent, predictable and stronger regulatory framework.

The Commission is committed to keeping an integrated view, taking into consideration all the objectives of the green transition, ensuring complementarity and avoiding duplication.

For example, the Commission proposal for a regulation on Ecodesign for Sustainable Products[2] addresses circularity challenges related to the presence of substances of concerns in products and thus promotes substitution of unsustainable chemicals without prejudice to regulatory action based on chemical safety .

This proposal is coherent with other pieces of legislation, such as the regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)[3] and the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive[4].

The proposal requires the Commission, when setting requirements for a specific product, to take close account of both safety implications and existing chemical provisions.

A similar exercise on coherence and complementarity between the safety and sustainability dimensions is taking place during the preparation of the proposals for the revision of REACH and the Classification, Labelling and Packaging[5] Regulation.

For example, the Commission will assess introducing information requirements on the environmental or carbon footprints of chemicals in REACH.

The Commission is also supporting the aspirational objective for the chemicals industry on climate neutrality[6] through different regulatory frameworks and various financial instruments, such as Horizon Europe[7] and the Innovation Fund[8].

Last updated: 18 May 2022
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