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Tough Negotiations Ahead As MEPs Back Bans on Pesticides – Len Copping reports on the result of the MEPs vote on pesticide regulation taken on 5 November and some reactions to the vote

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The European Parliament's environment committee approved a ban on pesticides that are toxic to human health, setting the stage for a showdown with EU member states which favour a more lenient approach. The Environment Committee voted to reject the Council's common position and impose greater regulations on pesticides during a session on the placing of Plant Protection Products on the Market Regulation. Other impacts on the vote include: rejection of the zonal concept whereby the EU would have been divided into three zones with greater harmonisation of products within a zone; support for ten-year record keeping, requirement to make records available to neighbours and pesticide passports despite the huge bureaucratic burden this would impose on farmers; reduced timescale for the candidates of substitution process down to five years and rejection of a large number of amendments that would have greatly reduced the effects of this legislation for procedural reasons.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2008-12-01

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