Brussels launches new talks on ozone depleters

Proposals to control the ozone depleting chemicals HCFCs and methyl bromide were finally issued by the European Commission at the end of June. Difficult negotiations now lie ahead, and the outcome will be of critical importance for the refrigeration and food industries. But as the EC's rules on ozone depleting chemicals begin to bite, industry and government say they are appalled at the lack of resources within the Commission to oversee their implementation.

The Commission was due to have tabled the proposal at the Environment Council in March. But the draft was blocked by Commission President Jacques Delors following objections from the French company Elf Atochem, the world's leading producer of HCFCs and a major manufacturer of methyl bromide (ENDS Report 218 pp 35-36 <

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