Control of pesticides
The Parliament’s environment, public health and food-safety committee is on Tuesday (4 October) expected to call for stricter controls on the use of biocides in the EU.
MEPs want the EU’s Helsinki-based chemicals agency to have greater powers to approve the use of pest- and germ-killing chemicals. The committee’s proposal, drafted by Christa Klass, a German centre-right MEP, calls for the introduction of an EU-wide authorisation system that should cut red tape for companies and member states.
The proposal, which will form the Parliament’s position in second-reading negotiations with the Council of Ministers, backs member state and European Commission calls for much higher levels of protection for consumers by applying tighter restrictions on the most hazardous substances. It also extends the existing 2000 EU law beyond sprays, powders and lotions to cover all products treated with biocides, such as furniture.
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