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Parliamentary questions
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22 July 2020
Priority question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Susanna Ceccardi (ID)
 Subject: Call for Europe not to block safe products from the circular economy in Prato

In accordance with the restriction laid down in Regulation (EU) 2016/26, from 3 February 2021 it will not be permitted to place on the market textile articles containing NPE in concentrations higher than 100 ppm. This restriction is not applicable to textile articles that are fully produced with recycled materials.

From a technological point of view, it is extremely difficult to produce an article using 100 % recycled wool, which is available on the market with an NPE concentration much higher than 100 ppm due to the pre-existence of this chemical in the recycled fibres. Indeed, the protein fibres retain NPE within their structure, preventing them from being released during washing in water.

As of 3 February 2021 it will be prohibited to place on the market a very large number of wool products consisting mainly of regenerated material with a very high performance in terms of environmental sustainability, and the non-compliant material will have to be disposed of.

At a time when the circular economy is playing an increasingly strategic role, it would be paradoxical to prevent the sale of a product that is safe from an ecotoxicological point of view.

In the light of the above, can the Commission say whether it will consider reviewing the current provisions of point 46(a) of Annex XVII to the REACH Regulation (Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006) in order to support the Italian circular economy?

Original language of question: IT
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