EP rapporteur Ulvskog presented her draft report on the revision of the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive on 8 December and additional amendments were tabled by 9 January. Amongst other amendments, the draft report proposes to reduce the exposure limit for respirable crystalline silica (RCS) down to 0,05 mg/m³ (compared to 0,1 mg/m³ as proposed by the European Commission), and to reduce the exposure limit for refractory ceramic fibres (RCF) down to 0,1 fibres/ml (compared to 0,3 fibres/ml proposed by the EC). Cerame-Unie advocates that the European Parliament does not change the limits proposed by the European Commission as these are the result of a rigourous scientific process that should not be politicised. Cerame-Unie also requests a better recognition of the NEPSI agreement, the first European multi-sectoral Social Dialogue Agreement.
The vote in the EP Employment Committee will take place end of February. Cerame-Unie is reaching out to the members of the European Parliament Employment Committee to inform them of our position.