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Brussels, 30 September 2010

Chemicals: Commission asks three Member States to adopt measures to implement EU legislation

The European Commission is asking Belgium, the Czech Republic and Greece to implement EU law on chemicals at national level. These Member States did not communicate measures relating to the Directive on the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures. The three Member States have two months to comply with the reasoned opinion under EU infringement procedures. Failing this, the Commission may refer them to the European Court of Justice.

EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said: "Chemicals can be dangerous for citizens and the environment. I urge Belgium, the Czech Republic and Greece to swiftly adopt the measures necessary to implement this law at national level."

Non Communication of chemicals Directive

Directive 2008/112/EC on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures amends several other Directives on chemicals and aims to enhance information and knowledge to help protect the environment and human health.

The Directive is a result of the alignment of the EU system of classification, labelling and packaging chemical substances and mixtures to the United Nations Globally Harmonised System (GHS). This new system will ensure that the same hazards will be described and labelled in the same way all around the world. Using internationally agreed classification criteria and labelling elements is expected to facilitate trade and contribute towards global efforts to protect humans and the environment from the hazardous effects of chemicals.

Member States had to adopt and publish the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with the Directive by 1 April 2010. Belgium, the Czech Republic and Greece did not notify all the implementing legislation in time.

For current statistics on infringements in general see:


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