Tuesday, January 13, 2009

EU pesticides proposals passed...And More

13 January 2009
EU pesticides proposals passed
by Magda Ibrahim
Legislation that will mean stricter rules on the use of pesticidesthroughout the European Union has been passed today (13 January).
MEPs voted for the proposed pesticides legislation in the EuropeanParliament today.
The European Parliament passed the proposals for a Regulation on thePlacing on the Market of Plant Protection Products by 577 votes forand 61 votes against.
The Sustainable Use of Pesticides Directive was passed with 624 votesin favour, 13 against.
An amendment calling for an EU-wide impact assessment before the rulescome into force, drafted by the HTA and CPA (Crop ProtectionAssociation) and proposed by UK MEP Robert Sturdy, was pulled from thevote late last night for procedural reasons.
Under the new Europe-wide rules, pesticide use will be eitherforbidden or severely reduced if close to schools, parks or nearhospitals.
The new rules will outlaw substances that are potentially cancerous(carcinogenic), as well as ones that are harmful to humanreproduction, to genes (genotoxic) or those that impact adversely onhormone production (endocrine-disrupting).
A temporary definition for endocrine-disruptors has been criticised bylobby groups, including the HTA, NFU and CPA.
The vote followed a debate in Strasbourg yesterday (12 January), aftercompromise was reached on the rules following weeks of trialoguediscussions between representatives from the European Commission,Council and Parliament.
Irish MEP Avril Doyle said: "We are bringing EU legislation intointernational disrepute by a lack of good science."
German Green MEP Hiltrud Breyer said: "It is a win-win for industrybecause in the future there will be better and safer products."
But UK MEP Robert Sturdy disagreed: "If we are going to ban theseproducts in the EU, what are we going to do about imports coming in?"
The rules will come into force in 2010.
See Horticulture Week magazine on 16 January for more news andanalysis of the EU Pesticides legislation.Tags Pests & diseases, Arboriculture, Parks & gardens, Edibles,Landscape, Turf, Ornamentals, Retail
13 January 2009
EU pesticides impact assessment amendment axedby Magda Ibrahim
An amendment calling for a full, EU-wide impact assessment before theproposed pesticides legislation comes into force has been pulled fromthe final voting.
The amendment, drafted by the HTA and Crop Protection Association(CPA) and proposed by UK MEP Robert Sturdy, was withdrawn from theEuropean Parliament's final vote late last night (12 January).
The EU president's office and Parliament Services axed the amendmentfor procedural reasons.
It means the proposals for a Regulation on the Placing on the Marketof Plant Protection Products and the Sustainable Use of PesticidesDirective will go ahead to a full vote today without that safeguard.
Robert Sturdy's policy adviser Neeley Williams said it was deeplydisappointing.
"The president's office was concerned that if we allowed an impactassessment at this stage it would prolong the process," said NeeleyWilliams.
"We are not happy. We were hoping they would have some common sense."
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13/01/2009other stories from this country Food prices will rise thanks toEuropean Parliament pesticides ban
Conservatives call on the government to stage last-ditch attempt tosave our sprays
Strasbourg, 13th January 2009 – The European Parliament has voted toban a large number of the plant protection products available toBritish producers, despite a concerted effort by Conservative MEPs torestore some balance and proportionality to the plans.
Robert Sturdy MEP, a Conservative member of the European Parliament’senvironment committee, has warned the parliament’s overzealousapproach will take a vast number of products off the market. The banwill reduce yields of a number of foods including carrots, cereals,potatoes, onions and parsnips, whilst pushing up prices for consumers.
Conservative efforts to reject a deal agreed by the parliament and thecouncil of ministers did not achieve the 393 votes required.Yesterday, a Conservative amendment calling for a full impactassessment on the plans was rejected by the parliament’s services.
Now, the plans could only be stopped by a last-ditch effort by theBritish government, although over the last several months they havefailed to back up their platitudinous opposition with action.
Mr Sturdy said:
"This law will drive up the cost of the weekly food shop at the worsttime for British families.
"We do need strong restrictions on pesticide use but it should bebased on sound science, rather than on the whim of politicians. Therehas been no balance whatsoever in the parliament’s position. MEPs havefailed to see pesticides as necessary tools in maintaining our crops.
"Many of the products on the market today are safe when usedcorrectly, and have been around for years. Without crop protectionproducts, our food supplies will be volatile at a time when foodsecurity is rising up the political agenda.
"The Labour government has expressed platitudinous concern about thisdirective, but it has failed to put the case nearly as strongly as itshould have.
"It is ludicrous that such a plan would be brought into law without animpact assessment to gauge its consequences. The only hope we have isfor a last-ditch effort by the government to demand we finally get anoverall picture of how food production will be affected across theEU."
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