Industry disappointed as MEPs pass tough pesticide regime

The European Parliament approved a new pesticides regime on Tuesday, frustrating UK farmers and growers who say the new rules will remove a substantial proportion of pesticide products from the market

MEPs and the Council of Ministers reached agreement on a package of measures on pesticides in December. It included a Regulation tightening pesticide authorisation rules and a framework Directive on sustainable pesticide use. However, the deal still needed to be rubber stamped by the parliament.

Pesticide manufacturers, farmers and growers lobbied to make the adoption subject to a Europe-wide impact assessment because of fears over the

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