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Subject: Publication: The EU approach to regulating nanotechnology
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The EU approach to regulating nanotechnology 
A=EFda Mar=EDa Ponce Del Castillo, ETUI 

2010   43 pages format 21 x 24,5 cm 
10   Euros 

The European Union's (EU) nanotechnology strategy aims chiefly to catch 
up the lag behind the US and Asia. The health risks posed by the 
commercial use of nanomaterials have recently come onto the European 
Commission's agenda.

The Commission has not so far seen a need for specific legislation to 
govern nanotechnologies - a view not shared by either Parliament or the 
European trade union movement. The European Trade Union Confederation 
wants the EU to bring the Community legislative framework into line with 
the precautionary principle. Nanotechnologies may be an economic 
opportunity that the EU cannot ignore, but their unregulated development 
is causing growing concern among trade unions due to the health risks 
posed by certain types of nanomaterials.

In this publication, ETUI researcher Aida Ponce combines a detailed 
survey of European policy in the area with an exploration of the ethical 
and social issues surrounding nanotechnologies.


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