EU farm ministers meeting in Brussels on Monday rubber-stamped new rules on cross-border shipments of radioactive waste. The revision introduces a right of consent for receiving states and extends controls to nuclear spent fuel (EED 21/12/05). In other business, a German proposal to review "old" active substances in the 1991 pesticide directive was backed by several countries. Ministers also debated aid for energy crops and a commission plan to halt biodiversity loss (EED 22/05/06). Some participants called for stricter controls to keep non-authorised GMOs off the market. See council minutes.
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