Controversy surrounding appointment of ECHA Director

Geert Dancet, the serving interim executive director of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), has been elected by a two-thirds majority of its management board to take on the role for the next five years. In spite of severe criticism from environmental groups on the appropriateness of his candidature and questions from the European Parliament's Environment Committee on the selection-procedure leading up to the final vote, the European Commission official emerged as the preferred candidate of the European Chemicals Agency's Management Board.

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