MEPs to call for fast-track approval of low-risk pesticides
Low-risk biological pesticides, which could replace those that may harm the environment and human health, cannot yet be as widely used as they should in the EU as arrangements for certifying them are too slow and complex, MEPs will point out in a debate on Monday. In a resolution to be voted on Tuesday, they will ask the EU Commission to propose a revision of the rules.
In their draft resolution, MEPs note that the use of conventional plant protection products is increasingly contentious, due to the risks that they pose for human health and the environment. However, only seven active substances classified as “low risk” alternatives have been approved for use in the Union.
They call on the Commission to propose draft legislation before the end of 2018 in order to fast-track the evaluation, authorisation and registration of low-risk pesticides.
Procedure: oral question with resolution
Debate: Monday, 13 February
Vote: Tuesday, 14 February