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First quarterly Newsletter: Dichlormethan

Legal Acts in the EU in the area of technical harmonization: adopted or proposed during the last quarter

 

    Dichlormethan

 

 

DECISION NO 455/2009/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL OF 6 MAY 2009
AMENDING COUNCIL DIRECTIVE 76/769/EEC AS REGARDS
RESTRICTIONS ON THE MARKETING AND USE OF DICHLOROMETHANE
(TEXT WITH EEA RELEVANCE)

 

 

-  negotiation concluded
-  published in OJ EU L 137 3. 6. 2009
-  Celex No.: 32009D0455

The text is available on the following websites:

URL Link 1

OR

URL Link 2

The description of the agenda:
The risks posed to human health by dichloromethane (DCM) in paint strippers have been assessed in several studies which have concluded that risk reduction measures are required throughout the Community to reduce the risks posed to human health during the application of DCM at industrial, professional and consumer levels.
In order to achieve a high level of health protection for all use categories (industrial, professional and general public), the marketing and use of paint strippers containing DCM should be restricted.
Paint strippers containing DCM are used by members of the general public at home to remove paints, varnishes and lacquers both indoors and outdoors. The safe use of DCM by them cannot be ensured by training or monitoring. Therefore, the only measure effective in eliminating the risks arising for the general public from paint strippers containing DCM is a ban, with respect to the general public, on the marketing, supply and use of such paint strippers.

Aims and benefits:
High level of health protection for all use categories - industrial professional and consumer.

Difficulties and disputed points:
Generally the proposal was adopted without difficulties.
Only one disputed point was related to the part of the Annex which regulates exemption of placing on the market and using of painting removers containing DCM designed for professional use and conditions for use in industrial purpose.

Time sequence:

14. 2. 2008

Adoption by Commission

14. 2. 2008

Transmission to Council and to EP

5. 11. 2008

First Working Party (WP) during the FR PRES

5. 11., 27. 11. 2008

WP during the FR PRES

18. 12. 2008

Committee Permanent Representatives

14. 1. 2009

EP opinion 1st reading

27. 3. 2009

WP Jurists/Linguists

23. 4. 2009

Approval – Agriculture and Fisheries Council

6. 5. 2009

Signature by EP and Council

3. 6. 2009

Published in OJ EU L137


Entry into force:
This Decision shall enter into force on the third day following its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Related documents:
European Parliament – The Legislative Observatory

European Parliament – Texts adopted

PreLex – Monitoring of the decision-making process between institutions

Opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee