Registration for the on-line debate about national and EU policies on hazardous substances on 8 June is still open. Please use the registration buttons in the invitation.
and particpants in the panel session have confirmed, including Diederik
Samsom Head of Cabinet of the European Commissioner Timmermans: link to the programme
film with first comments on the Dutch advisory report ‘Grip on
hazardous substances’ will be available on the Rli website on Friday, 5
June. Please have a look when preparing for the on-line debate on 8
Please pass this invitation on to interested colleagues or people in your network.
Invitation to on-line session
The Dutch Council for the Environment and Infrastructure (Rli) would like to hereby invite you to an on-line debate session with live presentations, to be held on Monday, 8 June 2020 (10:30–12:45 hrs).
At this meeting, the Council will present and discuss its advisory
report concerning national and EU policy on hazardous substances. With
the discussion and reflection involving experts, stakeholders and NGOs,
the Council aims to contribute to the debate on a European level.
Diederik Samsom, Head of Cabinet of the European Commissioner
Timmermans, has confirmed to give his reflection on the discussion.
A grip on hazardous substances
On 11 March of this year, the Council presented the Dutch version of its
advisory report (‘A Grip on hazardous substances’) to Stientje van
Veldhoven, the Dutch Minister for the Environment and Housing. The main
conclusion of the report is that current policy on hazardous substances
is not sufficient to adequately control the risks to people and the
physical environment. The use and number of hazardous substances is
increasing, as is the reuse of products containing such substances. New
policy is needed to gain more control over these issues.
A firmer grip on hazardous substance issues cannot be achieved through
national policy alone, but also requires changes in European Union
policy. Therefore, the Council will set out to discuss its findings and
recommendations on a European level, with stakeholders from industry,
other Member State governments, NGOs and scientists. What are the
possibilities and pitfalls with respect to a joint effort to tackle the
issues? How could EU-level collaboration contribute to the ambitions of
the European Green Deal? In its Green Deal, the European Commission
formulated the ambition to have a toxic-free environment with better
monitoring, reporting, prevention and remediation of pollution.
Schedule and information
On Monday 8 June (see programme), we will discuss if and how these EU
ambitions are supported by the Council’s recommendations on:
For the full advisory report (in English) and the Press Release, click here.
- greater transparency in product chains, including a track-and-trace system and material passports,
- limiting the risk of cumulative exposure for both people and the environment, and
- working towards new EU regulation for safe product reuse and recycling.
To register, please do so by clicking the reply buttons in this mail. We
will then reply in due time with details for attendance. Please pass
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send detailed information.
For more information about our advisory report, please contact project leader Yvette Oostendorp by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: +31 (0)6 2702 0642.