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Brussels sets out strategy on hormone disrupting chemicals
The EU Commission unveiled a long-awaited strategy on endocrine disrupting chemicals Wednesday, with the aim of protecting consumers against harmful chemicals which change our hormonal system.
Brussels cracks down on use of plastic toxins
The EU Commission took action Wednesday to restrict the placing on the market of articles containing four phthalates found in a wide variety of everyday plastic products, from toys to sport equipment.
MEPs call for global ban on animal testing of cosmetics
The EU should launch a diplomatic drive for a global ban on testing cosmetics on animals before 2023, MEPs urged Thursday. The sale of all animal-tested cosmetics has been banned within the EU since 2013.
EU states vote to ban bee-harming pesticides
A committee of EU member states' representatives have backed a proposal for a near-total ban of three bee-killing neonicotinoid insecticides which a scientific review said were harmful to bees.
Conditional EU approval for Bayer buy of Monsanto
The EU Commission approved Bayer's acquisition of Monsanto Wednesday, declaring itself satisfied with the parties' remedies, worth well over EUR 6 billion, to meet Brussels' competition concerns in full.
Brussels proposes upgrade of REACH chemicals law
The European Commission proposed Monday a number of improvements to the implementation of REACH, the EU's chemical regulation, to better protect consumers, workers and the environment.
EU agrees revisions on hazardous substances in electrical equipment
The EU Council and Parliament reached provisional agreement Wednesday on a proposal for a revised directive on the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.
EU agrees better protection for workers from cancer-causing substances
EU Member States reached a general agreement Thursday to guarantee the protection at the workplace of more than 4 million workers from exposure to cancer-causing chemical substances.
Public has a right to information on pesticide dangers, rules EU Court
Safety tests conducted by the chemical industry and used by regulators to assess the dangers of pesticides must be disclosed, the EU's top court ruled on Wednesday.
Better protection against cancer-causing chemicals 'could save 100,000 lives'
New EU rules to limit exposure to 13 cancer-causing chemicals at the workplace could save 100,000 lives in the next 50 years, says Employment Commissioner Marianne Thyssen.
Censure for EU Commission over endocrine disruptors
Euro-MPs signed a motion of censure on the European Commission Thursday for failing to comply with its legal obligation to publish scientific criteria for defining endocrine disruptors.
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EU approves Total's partial acquisition of Polimeri of Belgium
The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed sale of Polimeri's polystyrene business at Feluy, Belgium, to Total Petrochemicals Feluy S.A.
EU reduces chemicals fees for smaller businesses
The European Commission is taking further measures to ease the implementation of the new EU Regulations on chemicals for small and medium-sized enterprises and reduce costs.
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