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Laws on access to chemicals

On 19 November 2012, MEPs debated new laws designed to restrict public access to chemicals that can be used to make explosives.

Under the Commission's proposals, buyers would need a special licence to buy certain chemicals.

Home-made explosives have been held responsible for a number of terrorist attacks, including the 2011 bomb in Oslo.

Buyers would not need a licence to buy three chemicals used as swimming pool cleaners or fertilisers - hydrogen peroxide, nitric acid and nitromethane - as long as they are sold in low concentrations. However sellers would still be required to register all sales of them.

The new laws were formally passed by 595 votes to 12 during the daily voting session on 20 November 2012.

Useful links:

Democracy Live's guide to how the plenary sessions work.

A disclaimer on the use of simultaneous interpretations, on the European Parliament's website.

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