Brussels, 21 May 2010
Reduced Chemicals fees for SMEs
The Commission is taking further measures to ease the implementation of the new EU Regulations on chemicals for SMEs and reduce costs. The Regulation, that sets the fees to be levied by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in connection with Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation (CLP), was adopted today. There are specific reductions for SMEs: 90% for micro enterprises, 60% for small companies, and 30% for medium-sized companies. These fees apply when a company asks for an alternative name for a substance or requests harmonized classification and labelling for substances. Companies can also use the new alternative name in a number of additional mixtures without paying an extra fee.
European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, with the full agreement of Commissioner for Environment Janez Potocnik, said: “This has been a priority for me since the beginning of my mandate. Now with significant reductions of up to 90% for smaller companies in the chemical sector we will ensure that they continue to be competitive. With the REACH and CLP regulations, we have laid the foundations for a modern legislative scheme, which also creates new opportunities for businesses."
Two Regulations are addressed with regard to smoother implementation: REACH and the CLP Regulation. In more detail, a better deal for SMEs will be ensured by the following:
DG ENTR REACH & CLP webpage
* Vice President VP Tajani
message to the Helpdesks REACH
Figures and graphics available in PDF and WORD PROCESSED