Tougher approval regime on pesticides is agreed

An EU agreement on a Directive on sustainable pesticide use and a Regulation on placing pesticide products on the market will see a more protective regime of pesticide legislation introduced in 2010.

A far-reaching package of new legislation on pesticides was agreed by the European Parliament and Council of Ministers in January.1 It aims to ensure the sustainable use of pesticides and tighten approval to exclude the most hazardous substances.

The package comes in two parts: a framework Directive on the sustainable use of pesticides and a Regulation on the placing of plant protection products on the market. The latter will

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