EU pesticides impact assessment amendment axed

An amendment calling for a full, EU-wide impact assessment before the proposed pesticides legislation comes into force has been pulled from the final voting.

The amendment, drafted by the HTA and Crop Protection Association (CPA) and proposed by UK MEP Robert Sturdy, was withdrawn from the European Parliament's final vote late last night (12 January).

The EU president's office and Parliament Services axed the amendment for procedural reasons.  

It means the proposals for a Regulation on the Placing on the Market of Plant Protection Products and the Sustainable Use of Pesticides Directive will go ahead to a full vote today without that safeguard.

Robert Sturdy's policy adviser Neeley Williams said it was deeply disappointing.

"The president's office was concerned that if we allowed an impact assessment at this stage it would prolong the process," said Neeley Williams.

"We are not happy. We were hoping they would have some common sense."


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