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Regional Workshop for Central and Eastern Europe 19-20 March 2019, Almaty, Kazakhstan

IPENers from ten countries participated in a regional workshop organized by UNEP on the theme of promoting regulatory and voluntary action by government and industry to phase out lead in paint. IPEN's work, together with its participating organizations, was highlighted throughout the workshop, including presentations of the role of civil society, paint studies conducted in the region and working with SMEs to facilitate the phase out of lead from paint. Activities to eliminate lead paint by Greenwomen in Kazakhstan and Mama-86 in Ukraine were also presented, along with with information shared from the floor by several IPEN POs. Group discussions during the second day of the workshop provided additional opportunities for IPENers to provide their experiences and expertise in order to develop national approaches mapping out how new regulations on lead paint could be adopted, or existing ones strengthened. 

Public Interest Organizations Cheer “Big Win” for Health and the Environment

Press Release

(Gothenburg, Sweden) A European Commission decision to allow a Canadian company to sell pigments for paints containing highly dangerous chemicals has today been deemed illegal.

Environmental organisations have welcomed a ruling by the Tribunal of the EU that overturns the authorisation granted to Dominion Colour Corporation (DCC) to supply red and yellow lead chromate pigments to European markets.

IPEN and its partner organisations are continuing the fight against the use of lead chromates in paints.

The legal challenge brought in 2017 by IPEN, the International Chemical Secretariat (ChemSec), ClientEarth and the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) is still ongoing. The case challenges a decision of the European Commission allowing the use of two highly hazardous pigments in road markings and painting industrial machines.

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Toxics Link has released a report detailing the lead content in paints in India for 2018. 

(Groups Rally Behind Government-Ordered Phase-Out of Lead-Added Industrial Paints)
Note:  The EcoWaste Coalition and the Philippine Association of Paint Manufacturers (PAPM) are very pleased to share the following press release to mark the 5th anniversary of the issuance of the country's Chemical Control Order for Lead and Lead Compounds, and to signify the groups' backing for the 2019 phase-out of lead-containing industrial paints.  Hope you find this useful, thank you very much, and joyful holiday greetings. 

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