European Nursery Stock Association holds emergency pesticide talks

The European Nursery Stock Association (ENA) has held an emergency meeting to discuss the threat posed by the European Parliament proposals on pesticides.

ENA decided to continue lobbying MEPs from across Europe for a comprehensive EU-wide impact assessment.

The meeting was held following a request from the HTA. Evidence presented included the UK Pesticides Safety Directorate's impact assessment, which shows that up to 85 per cent of the 286 active substances it assessed could be lost in the UK if the European Parliament's proposals go through. 

The HTA and Crop Protection Association (CPA) discussed why they are campaigning for an EU-wide impact assessment and those gathered agreed to make a concerted effort to encourage MEPs to support this and make use of the HTA/CPA campaign materials.

The second reading for the draft EU Regulation on registering plant-protection products is taking place in the European Parliament.

Most of the amendments tabled during the first reading - including those on cut-off criteria that would be damaging to the industry - have been tabled again for the second reading. But a number of MEPs called for an EU-wide impact assessment at the initial exchange of views in the Environment Committee on Monday. 

HTA director of business development Tim Briercliffe said:

"The evidence we have suggests that, if the Parliament's amendments get through, this regulation will have a severely negative effect on horticulture across Europe.

"We need trade associations within member states to urgently campaign across Europe for an EU-wide impact assessment before this regulation is passed."

CPA Garden Expert Group chairman Sean McCarthy said:

"Such fundamental changes should not be passed into law without a full impact assessment. We have been asking MEPs to table an amendment calling for a comprehensive impact assessment and we will be working with our European partners to encourage others to vote in favour of this."

The HTA and other bodies are urging UK growers, retailers and manufacturers to write to their MEPs pointing out the implications of the legislation and the impact it would have on your business. Letters should be personalised and guidelines providing information on the types of points to include can be found at:  

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