The European Commission’s disputed proposal to classify titanium dioxide as a carcinogen is facing a showdown in the European Parliament’s environment committee (Envi) next week. Earlier this month, Parliament extended the period of legislative scrutiny over the Commission’s delegated act by two months until 4 February 2020 after one political group – the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) – tabled an objection. That prevented the swift approval the Commission had hoped for on the category 2-carcinogen proposal – part of the delegated act that forms the 14th adaptation to technical progress (ATP) of the CLP Regulation. A meeting of Envi on 2-3 December will establish whether other political groups will lend support to the ECR’s motion of objection. It will be put to a vote on 3 December, the result of which will be decisive for the next step, those close to the discussions have said. If the objection is approved, it will then be tabled for a plenary session of Parliament where an absolute majority among the 751 MEPs will be required to veto the Commission’s proposal. If the Envi vote fails, the objection will not be carried to the plenary. ...