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Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)

PVC has been at the centre of a controversial debate during much of the last two decades. A number of diverging scientific, technical and economic opinions have been expressed on the question of PVC and its effects on human health and the environment. Some Member States have recommended or adopted measures related to specific aspects of the PVC life cycle. However, these measures vary widely. In order to assess the whole life cycle of PVC and its possible impact on human health and the environment as well as the proper functioning of the internal market, the Commission has carried out several studies and issued a Green Paper on Environment Issues of PVC.

The Green Paper is a discussion document published by the Commission on this specific policy area. It is primarily addressed to all the parties (organisations and individuals) interested in the issues related to PVC. In this way, the interested parties are invited to participate in a debate on the issues discussed in the Green Paper. In some cases a Green Paper can provide an impetus for subsequent legislation.



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