Pressure mounts against EU paraquat decision

A coalition of environmental groups and trade unions has challenged an EU law reuthorising the herbicide paraquat before the European court of first instance. Sweden announced a similar lawsuit against the decision last month, to be heard in the European court of justice (EED 05/02/04). The coalition is accusing the EU of ignoring scientific evidence and violating treaty rules on the precautionary principle. It charged paraquat manufacturer Syngenta with having undertaken an "unprecedented lobbying effort". The move was welcomed by the European parliament's Green group. See press releases from the coalition and the Greens.

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