Public Hearing on PVC
The European Commission adopted on 26 July 2000 a Green Paper on
environmental issues of PVC (COM(2000)469 final). This document presents and evaluates a
number of issues regarding PVC and its impact on the environment: the PVC industry and its
products, additives (in particular lead, cadmium, phthalates) and the management of PVC
wastes (in particular recycling, incineration and landfilling). The Green Paper is
scientifically based and includes related human health aspects. It puts forward a number
of options to address the impact of PVC in the context of sustainable development.
In order to adopt a comprehensive Community strategy early in 2001, the Commission launched a wide public consultation on the basis of the Green Paper.
All stakeholders were invited to send their written comments before the end of November
In addition, the Commission organised a public hearing on 23 October
2000 where Environment Commissioner Margot Wallström and Enterprise Commissioner Erkki
Liikanen were present. The aim of the hearing was to give as much opportunity as
possible to those who wish to express their views.
Transcripts of the Public hearing
Contributions from the participants:
Reactions to the contributions presented
at the hearing (pdf ~2,000K)
Minutes of the Publich hearing on PVC (pdf ~100K)