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Monday, 23 October 2017 - Strasbourg Revised edition

CE marked fertilising products (debate)
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  Kaja Kallas, on behalf of the ALDE Group. – Mr President, there has been a lot of talk around cadmium, but I will not talk about cadmium: this proposal is not only setting the limits, it is also about opening new possibilities for European producers. Up until now, only mineral fertilisers have benefited from the CE marking and free access to the single market. Today, they are still the most widely used in Europe, but alongside the traditional products more and more companies are looking for new solutions. This partly reflects the global trend in rising environmental consciousness on the one hand, and a drive for increased efficiency on the other. Companies around the world realise that they need to find ways to do more with less.

In Europe, a lot of effort has been put into innovation. There is a strong drive in the fertiliser sector to find new sources of raw materials and make products that are more targeted and less wasteful. Often the solutions that are found are at the very forefront of science. By extending the scope of this regulation to such products, we will put in place the necessary framework to maximise the innovative potential of the fertiliser industry.

Unified European standards will give producers a clear set of targets to aim for. Removing national barriers from the market will give them access to enough customers to make their investments pay off. Moreover, by asking the Commission to keep looking for new component materials that could be added to the regulation, we recognise that a lot of the potential of this sector is still untapped. We should not only reward existing animation by granting better access to the single market, we should also encourage further research by ensuring the possibility of updating the regulation in the future.

By allowing the Commission to revise the regulation, we are telling producers to think outside the box and to keep looking for new solutions. If we follow these principles, we can create legislation that is truly supportive of innovation.

 
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