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Cosmetics May Benefit From European Parliament's New Conservatism

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

Executive Summary

The cosmetics industry may stand to benefit from a more conservative European Parliament following the recent member elections, former Parliament member Brian Cassidy predicted during the European Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association's General Assembly in London June 25.

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