Friday, April 29, 2011
[IWS] ETUI: BRIEFS (1) NANO GOVERNENANCE (2) UNIONS' ROLE in INDUSTRIAL POLICY [29 April 2011]
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European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)
ETUI Policy Brief - European Social Policy
Nano governance: how should the EU implement nanomaterial traceability?
Aída María Ponce Del Castillo, researcher ETUI
This Policy Brief addresses the need for a governance response from the European bodies to
establish a registry of nanomaterial-containing articles. Better comprehensive data is urgently
needed to improve knowledge of what is on the market, who is exposed and what should be
regulated. Member States welcome such inventories and have developed their own initiatives
while at the same time exhorting the European Commission to step in on the process. Achieving
harmonisation of the national initiatives is crucial, for proper regulation is needed to ensure proper protection of human and
environmental health, as well as an adequate level of risk management.
What role can the unions play in Europe's industrial policy? REACH shows the way
Author: Tony Musu, senior researcher ETUI
or in French at
The REACH1 Regulation which lays down the rules for marketing and using chemicals in Europe
is undoubtedly one of the most far-reaching legislative reforms of the last twenty years. It
enhances European competitiveness while giving improved protection to human health and
the environment. The unions had a big hand in framing the legislation and remain influential
in making it work. Along with the European social dialogue, close involvement by workers’ representatives in developing and
enforcing European laws designed to change our production models is another key means for developing social progress. It also
paves the way for what could be the future of industrial relations in Europe, with the unions taking a prominent role in the
regulation of key sectors of our economy.
1 REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals.
Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006. http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/
Editors: Philippe Pochet and Kurt Vandaele
Published by ETUI, 2011
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