Sweden defiant over banned pesticides

Larsson pledges to use any means to keep nationally-banned but EU-approved chemicals out

Sweden has launched another challenge to EU chemicals policy by declaring it will use any means possible, including going to court, to block marketing on its territory of EU-approved pesticides that are currently banned under national law.

As part of an ongoing review of around 800 existing pesticides under the 1991 plant protection products directive, the EU is gradually building a "positive list" of active ingredients that will be marketable in any EU country. Of the 27 so far agreed, three are banned in Sweden.

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