Court overturns EU rejection of MRL review
The EU General Court has annulled the European Commission’s rejection in July 2008 of requests for a review of an EU pesticide residues Regulation. The requests had been made by the environmentalist groups, Stichting Natuur en Milieu and Pesticide Action Network Europe (PAN Europe). The Commission rejected the requests on a legal technicality ( Agrow No 551, p 11). The groups challenged this technicality and their view has been supported by the Court. PAN Europe hails the decision as opening the possibility for environmental NGOs to ask for internal reviews of Commission Regulations.