Food Law News - EU - 2008


EP News Item, 18 December 2008

PESTICIDES MEPs and Council reach agreement

EP negotiators struck a compromise with Council representatives on Wednesday night on the final shape of new EU pesticides legislation. The full Parliament will vote on the second-reading deal in Strasbourg in January and it must then be formally endorsed by the full Council.

Wednesday's accord dealt with two pieces of legislation: a regulation on the production and licensing of pesticides, and a directive on the sustainable use of pesticides.

Banning of toxic chemicals

The key points of the regulation on the production and licensing of pesticides, as now agreed, are as follows:

The new legislation will only gradually supersede existing EU law. Pesticides which can be placed on the market under current legislation will remain available until their existing authorisation expires. There will thus be no sudden large-scale withdrawal of products from the market.

The MEP steering this legislation through Parliament is Hiltrud Breyer (Greens/EFA, DE).

Cutting the amount of pesticides used

The main points of the directive on the sustainable use of pesticides, as agreed, are:

Parliament's rapporteur on the directive is Christa Klaß (EPP-ED, DE).


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