02/24/2003

EU Chemical Plans Make U.S. Wary

The U.S. administration is looking nervously at European Union plans for
sweeping new regulations for the chemicals industry, a U.S. trade official
said.

The EU executive of the European Commission is expected to launch a proposal in
April or May for a system to test and register some 30,000 chemicals. Some
industry figures have said the proposed system would be too complicated and
bureaucratic. "We are concerned that potentially this policy will have a trade
effect," a U.S. trade official told reporters.

Washington is sensitive to any EU legislation which can create barriers to U.S.
companies getting into the European market. It has been considering launching a
case against the EU over its effective ban on genetically modified foods.

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