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EU commits to agchem ban in EFAs

The European Commission is "fully committed" to the aim of prohibiting pesticide use in the new "ecologically focused areas" (EFAs), which are due to be created in 2015. EFAs are among the mandatory "greening" measures that will be linked to farmers’ subsidies under the forthcoming revision of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP – Agrow No 668, p 10). Proposals on pesticide use will be included in future legislation covering the detailed implementation of the new CAP, says Georg Häusler, head of the cabinet of EU Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos.

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