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The value limits of a number of harmful chemicals ending up in waste will be further restricted and new chemicals will be added to the list of regulated substances, under an agreement on the revision of the 2019 POPs regulation reached on Monday evening by the European Parliament and Council negotiators.
Health commissioner Stella Kyriakides has urged member states to stick to their commitment to cut the use of pesticides after 18 agriculture ministers endorsed a statement calling for more flexibility in the Commission’s upcoming proposal.
The European Chemicals Agency’s list of substances of very high concern grew to 224 on Friday when the EU regulator announced the addition of a compound used in producing polymers and other chemicals, textiles, and the treatment of leather and fur.
The EU executive is considering prohibiting the use of all pesticides in parks, playgrounds and “ecologically sensitive areas such as Natura 2000 sites”, and “will not hesitate” to outlaw glyphosate if justified by science, health commissioner Stella Kyriakides has said.
EU member states will have to collect annual data on the use of pesticides, fertilisers and antimicrobials from 2028 under new rules agreed by the European Parliament and Council on Thursday.
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