Court advised to overturn EU pesticide ban

Ray of light for Spanish chemical producer in battle to get fungicide back onto EU-approved list

An advocate general in the European court of justice has called on the court to annul an EU order removing fungicide metalaxyl from the market and a previous court ruling upholding this decision.

Ruiz-Jarabo Colomer’s opinion deals with one of the most contested cases in a long-running EU programme to review existing pesticidal active ingredients.  Hundreds are disappearing from the market under this scheme (EED 11/07/03).

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