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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