Bitertanol decision returned to EU Commission
The European Commission is free to go ahead with its proposed re-registration of the fungicide, bitertanol, following the failure of an appeal committee to agree on the issue. The decision was referred to the committee after the EU Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health could not reach the qualified majority vote required to accept or reject the Commission’s proposals ( Agrow No 628, p 12). However, the same result was returned by EU member state representatives on the appeal committee, where the 211 votes in favour and 130 against fell short of the 255 majority required. The Commission proposal would re-register bitertanol for use only as a seed treatment. Bayer CropScience resubmitted its application for the active ingredient in 2009 after an earlier EU evaluation identified data gaps.