MEPs stick to their guns on pesticide approvals

European parliament's environment committee backs more stringent rules in second-reading vote

The European parliament's environment committee has reaffirmed its first-reading position on plans to revise EU pesticide approval rules.  The committee backed more stringent rules in a second-reading vote on Wednesday.  MEPs also reiterated their position on a draft directive to reduce pesticide use.

Regarding pesticide approvals, MEPs restated their support for hazard-based criteria for deciding approval of the most dangerous pesticides.  Governments also support this (EED 23/06/08).  Industry has repeatedly argued for risk-based criteria.

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