Dutch pesticide approvals "not against EU law"

European court rejects green group allegation that rule change contravened 1991 pesticides directive

The Netherlands did not violate the 1991 pesticides directive when it amended national permitting procedures ahead of the introduction of a harmonised EU authorisation regime, the European court of justice (ECJ) has ruled.

In a judgement delivered on 10 November the court said the directive did not require member states to freeze existing their national laws before applying the new EU regime, which is due to take effect by the end of this year.

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