The costs and benefits of establishing the relative dangers of the European Union’s chemical production lie at the heart of a special hearing at the European parliament today.
The controversy is over new chemicals legislation, hotly disputed by environmentalist and consumer groups on one side and the industry lobby on another.
In the lead-up to the public debate, ecologists demonstrated in Brussels with sample products.
A broad range of interested parties will take part in the hearings.
A much-disputed study says that if an EU directive on the safety profiling ofof chemicals goes ahead unaltered, the result could be an almost 3% loss in GDP and an almost 25% loss in production.