MEPs call for beefed-up EU pesticide strategy

Non-legislative resolution backs use reduction targets but not pesticide tax; MEP complains of NGO "abuse"

The EU's thematic strategy on pesticide use adopted last year should be extended to include quantitative use reduction targets, the European parliament has argued in a non-legislative resolution adopted on Wednesday. But MEPs backed the commission's decision not to propose an EU pesticide tax.

The European commission argues it is not yet technically possible to set quantitative targets or a tax system favouring greener pesticides (EED 12/07/06). In a separate vote on related draft legislation on Tuesday the parliament said such targets should be set at national level (EED 23/10/07).

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