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Press release: 14 October 2020
Today, the European Commission adopted the EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability. The Strategy is the first step towards a zero pollution ambition for a toxic-free environment announced in the European Green Deal.
In response, Dr Apolline Roger, lawyer at environmental law charity ClientEarth, said: “Despite pressure from all sides, including within its own walls, the Commission has put forward a strategy that could truly detoxify production and consumption systems.
“A strategy is a promise to the people of the EU. What matters now is when the Commission will propose the necessary legislative changes to fulfil this promise and whether those changes will be strong enough to deliver on it.
“If the Commission is to keep up this momentum, it must immediately up the pace of restrictions – in particular for dangerous chemicals in consumer products, including persistent substances and those that mimic or block hormones.”
ClientEarth is a charity that uses the power of the law to protect people and the planet. We are international lawyers finding practical solutions for the world’s biggest environmental challenges. We are fighting climate change, protecting oceans and wildlife, making forest governance stronger, greening energy, making business more responsible and pushing for government transparency. We believe the law is a tool for positive change. From our offices in London, Brussels, Warsaw, Berlin and Beijing, we work on laws throughout their lifetime, from the earliest stages to implementation. And when those laws are broken, we go to court to enforce them.