Day: 4 February 2000
EC defends precautionary principle but puts brakes on its unfettered use
The European Commission has published a Communication on the future use of the Precautionary Principle. It seeks to avoid excessive and unpredictable use of the principle, while simultaneously asserting the right to protect "the environment, human, animal and plant health" from scientific uncertainty.
European Parliament resists efforts to water down car recycling plans
Despite some confusion about when car manufacturers will begin recovering and recycling vehicles, a vote in the European Parliament has confirmed that manufacturers and not consumers will be responsible for picking up most, if not all, of the cost.
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