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The big lobby match

More and more chemical compounds enter our body through the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat. All this promotes European competitiveness – claims the chemical industry.

It has been called the biggest lobbying campaign in EU history. Everything that exists in the chemical group in Europe – and the USA – has joined forces to prevent the EU from adopting legislation that can eventually provide a better overview of which chemical compounds the industry releases on us, which are most worrying for our health and for the environment. in Europe – and how to get rid of the chemicals that are most problematic.

The major legislative package is in the EU under the name REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals). The first proposal for a REACH regulation was tabled in May 2003. However, two years before, the European Commission presented a White Paper, which corresponds to a parliamentary report, on the future chemicals legislation.

Campaign against environmental law

The White Paper launched a massive campaign by the European Chemical Industry under the auspices of CEFIC, the European Chemical Industry Industry Council. According to Inger Schörling, who was REACH's spokesperson in the European Parliament, the campaign included "seminars, conference workshops, lunches, dinners, letters, mass mailing of letters, calls, company visits, media plays and all other features that could be used".

CEFIC has a staff of 140 – and could also draw on the strengths of large corporations such as BP, Bayer, BZSF, Dow, DuPont, ExxonMobil, Novartis, Shell, Solvay,. . .

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