EU pesticide approval system needs ‘major changes’

The European Commission should significantly improve the way plant protection products are assessed, applied and monitored within the EU, a European Parliament inquiry committee has concluded

The European Commission should significantly improve the way plant protection products are assessed, applied and monitored within the EU, according to a European Parliament inquiry committee set up in the wake of the controversial licence renewal for the herbicide glyphosate.

In the ‘PEST’ committee’s concluding session on Thursday, MEPs approved by 23 votes to five a report calling on the EU executive to ensure “independent, objective and transparent scientific assessment of active substances and plant protection products”.

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