Brussels, 10 May 2023
The Commission launched an open public consultation to seek views on how to address the production for export of hazardous chemicals that are banned in the EU. Ensuring that such chemicals are not produced for export is a commitment made under the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability, part of the European Green Deal’s ambition for a toxic-free environment. The objective is to promote safety and sustainability standards with regards to hazardous chemicals outside the EU, to further align the EU’s external action with policies applied at home. The future initiative will lead to harmonisation of EU rules and legal certainty for business.
Commissioner for Environment, Oceans, and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius, said:
“Chemicals can be very useful for our society and economy, but we must produce and use them without causing harm to people and planet. The EU would not be consistent in its ambition for a toxic-free environment if hazardous chemicals that are not allowed for use in the EU can still be produced here and then exported. These chemicals can cause the same harm to health and the environment regardless of where they are being used. As various Member States start to regulate the production of those chemicals, a uniform EU approach will be key to ensure harmonisation and clarity of rules.”
International trade in hazardous chemicals is regulated through the UN’s Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) procedure, which is implemented in the EU by the PIC Regulation on the import and export of hazardous chemicals.
With this consultation, the Commission seeks to collect information and views from citizens and businesses and interested parties to help prepare the future initiative. Replies will feed into the evaluation of the PIC Regulation and the impact assessment of a future initiative. The consultation can be accessed here and is open until 31 July 2023.
Source – EU Commission