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Compromise agreed on changes to EU biocide law

A compromise over amendments to EU rules on biocides, including non-crop pesticides, has been agreed by representatives of EU member states, the European Parliament and the European Commission. The deal concerns proposed corrections and clarifications to the EU biocidal products Regulation (528/2012) to avoid "unforeseen" market barriers for some products and companies. They were meant to be in place before the Regulation was applied in member states on September 1st, but the large number of changes led to prolonged discussions. MEPs proposed a further 28 amendments (Agrow No 677, p 13), while the EU Economic and Social Committee urged care to ensure that competition is not distorted (Agrow No 678, p 4). The draft agreement still needs formal approval by the Parliament and EU Ministers.

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