Governments confirm fertiliser law recast

The EU council of ministers yesterday formally adopted its common position on a thorough overhaul of the bloc's legislation on mineral fertilisers. Foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg rubber-stamped the position. The release of their 387-page proposed legal text opens the way to a second reading of the proposals. Key to the agreement was a deal allowing Finland and Sweden to maintain controls on fertilisers' cadmium content (EED 02/10/02). The European Commission is due to propose an EU-level solution for cadmium contamination of fertilisers in June. See council minutes, common position and statement of reasons.

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