Let me first briefly explain the issue: pesticides become obsolete when they can no longer be used, either because of legislation banning them or because they have deteriorated.
In the new EU member states and in nearby countries across the Russian Federation and Central Asia, there are an estimated 256,000 to 263,500 tonnes of these obsolete pesticides.
Significant risks arise from not acting to contain this environmental threat. Unprotected sites, estimated to number in the tens of thousands, constitute a lethal danger for humans and animals. Obsolete pesticides seriously risk undermining agricultural trade between the EU and these non-EU countries.
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