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Substanțe chimice sigure și sustenabile pentru un mediu fără substanțe toxice în orașele și regiunile Europei

Opinion Number: CDR 5137/2020
Rapporteur: STRUZIK Adam
Commission: ENVE
Status: Adopted
Date: 07/05/2021

- strongly welcomes and supports the steps leading to the implementation of the chemicals strategy, as chemicals have dominated almost the entire product manufacturing market and play a fundamental role in everyday life;

- calls for recognition of the importance of multilevel governance in order to effectively link the goals and objectives of the chemicals strategy to the green recovery of the European economy;

- underlines that National Recovery and Resilience Plans represent an opportunity to use the potential of multilevel governance, including in implementing the chemicals strategy. These actions have to be backed by appropriate regulatory frameworks and resources by fully involving local and regional authorities in the definition and implementation of the plans and granting them direct access to EU funds;

- draws attention to a number of legal, financial and technical barriers faced by local and regional authorities in the handling of chemicals. A coherent, predictable and simplified legal framework will contribute to a uniform approach to the assessment and management of chemicals in all EU countries. This will limit the emergence of further legal gaps between the EU and other regions. In addition, grants and technical assistance will enable local and regional authorities to support investments related to the development, commercialisation, implementation and uptake of safe and sustainable substances, materials and products;

- it is necessary to review and strengthen the REACH and CLP regulations, and their interface with OSH (Occupational Safety and Health) legislation, as well as to simplify procedures; draws attention to the need for the European Commission to consult the national authorities responsible for implementing the REACH regulation and OSH legislation before introducing new legislation;

- supports the implementation of the concept of sustainability starting from the design stage of substances;

- recognises that human capital is an important area in the implementation of the chemicals strategy; upskilling and reskilling of workers is key to ensuring competitiveness.



Stakeholder consultation of the CoR opinion on Chemicals strategy

The European Committee of the Regions is currently preparing its response to the European Commission's Communication "Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability: Towards a Toxic-Free Environment". The strategy is part of the EU’s zero pollution ambition, a key commitment of the European Green Deal. Rapporteur Mr. Adam STRUZIK (PL/EPP), the President of Mazovia Region and his expert will discuss the most important challenges and opportunities at regional and local levels related to this Strategy with the representatives of the European associations, regions and cities. The meeting will take place online on 13 January, 10:30-12:30.

13 Jan