Online debate session ‘A grip on hazardous substances, EU perspective’

On 8 june 2020 the Council organizes an online debate session about the recommendations in its advisory report ‘A grip on hazardous substances’

The Dutch Council for the Environment and Infrastructure (Rli) organizes 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.

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Provisional programme

•    Format: Online debate session with live presentations and Q&As (live stream)
•    Date: Monday 8 June 2020

10:30 AM Opening
Opening address by Jan Jaap de Graeff, Council Chair
Presentation of main conclusions and recommendations, Co Verdaas, Committee Chair

10:50 AM Reflections: experts, stakeholders and NGOs
Introductions by:

  • Werner Brack, Project Coordinator EU Solutions Research programme (‘Solutions for present and future emerging pollutants in land and water resources management’)
  • Xenia Trier, Project Manager European Environmental Agency
  • Anne-Sofie Bäckar, Director Chemsec, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Marco Mensink, Director Cefic

Q and A with participants     

12:15 PM Reflection

  • Diederik Samsom, Head of Cabinet of the European Commissioner Timmermans

Q and A with participants

  • Wrap up by Jan Jaap de Graeff

12:45 PM End of session

A grip on hazardous substances - advisory report

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.

For the full advisory report (in English) and the Press Release, click here.

For the Dutch version click here.


To register, please do so by clicking here, preferably before Friday 14 May 2020.

More information

For more information about our advisory report and the on-line debate session, please contact project leader Yvette Oostendorp by email: or telephone: +31 (0)6 2702 0642.