MEPs call for stricter rules on chemical exports

The European Parliament's environment committee wants to maintain strict controls on the export of toxic chemicals outside the EU as part of a recast of the prior informed consent (PIC) regime for traded substances such as pesticides.

In a vote on Tuesday, the committee almost unanimously backed the recommendations of MEP Dan Jørgensen. They significantly strengthened the European Commission's proposal, which is intended to relax PIC rules by allowing more exports when no formal prior consent has been given by the destination country.

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