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Invitation to an on-line debate session about national and EU policies on hazardous substances

Monday June, 8th 2020, 10:30 - 12:45 hrs: on-line debate session

Op 20 februari ontving u een uitnodiging voor een discussiebijeenkomst over het advies van de Raad voor de leefomgeving en infrastructuur ‘Greep op gevaarlijke stoffen’, te houden op 1 april. In verband met de beheersmaatregelen rond de Corona-crisis kon deze niet doorgaan. Een geplande bijeenkomst in Brussel op 8 juni over hetzelfde onderwerp hebben wij inmiddels kunnen omvormen tot een online videobijeenkomst. U bent van harte welkom daar aan deel te nemen.
Onderstaand treft u de uitnodiging aan. U kunt u
aanmelden via de knoppen in deze mail, gaarne vóór vrijdag 14 mei. Dan ontvangt u tijdig de details voor deelname aan de online-bijeenkomst. Het advies van de Rli is hier te downloaden.

Invitation to on-line session

The Dutch Council for the Environment and Infrastructure (Rli) would like to hereby invite you to an on-line debate session with live presentations, to be held on Monday, 8 June 2020 (10:30–12:45 hrs). At this meeting, the Council will present and discuss its advisory report concerning national and EU policy on hazardous substances. With the discussion and reflection involving experts, stakeholders and NGOs, the Council aims to contribute to the debate on a European level. Diederik Samsom, Head of Cabinet of the European Commissioner Timmermans, has confirmed to give his reflection on the discussion.

A grip on hazardous substances

On 11 March of this year, the Council presented the Dutch version of its advisory report (‘A Grip on hazardous substances’) to Stientje van Veldhoven, the Dutch Minister for the Environment and Housing. The main conclusion of the report is that current policy on hazardous substances is not sufficient to adequately control the risks to people and the physical environment. The use and number of hazardous substances is increasing, as is the reuse of products containing such substances. New policy is needed to gain more control over these issues.
A firmer grip on hazardous substance issues cannot be achieved through national policy alone, but also requires changes in European Union policy. Therefore, the Council will set out to discuss its findings and recommendations on a European level, with stakeholders from industry, other Member State governments, NGOs and scientists. What are the possibilities and pitfalls with respect to a joint effort to tackle the issues? How could EU-level collaboration contribute to the ambitions of the European Green Deal? In its Green Deal, the European Commission formulated the ambition to have a toxic-free environment with better monitoring, reporting, prevention and remediation of pollution.

Schedule and information

On Monday 8 June (see provisional programme), we will discuss if and how these EU ambitions are supported by the Council’s recommendations on:
  • greater transparency in product chains, including a track-and-trace system and material passports,
  • limiting the risk of cumulative exposure for both people and the environment, and
  • working towards new EU regulation for safe product reuse and recycling.
For the full advisory report (in English) and the Press Release, click here.


To register, please do so by clicking the reply buttons in this mail, preferably before Friday 14 May. We will then reply in due time with details for attendance. Please pass this invitation on to interested colleagues, and let us know, so we can send detailed information.
For more information about our advisory report, please contact project leader Yvette Oostendorp by email: or telephone: +31 (0)6 2702 0642.

Yours sincerely,

Ir. J.J. de Graeff,                                                                  Dr. R. Hillebrand,                                                   
Chair Rli                                                                               General Secretary Rli


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