EU court dismisses lawsuits on biocide “free-riders”
A series of lawsuits seeking changes to EU rules on the review of existing biocidal active ingredients have been dismissed by the EU General Court. The lawsuits sought annulment of certain provisions claimed as unfair because they allow companies to continue to sell ais without contributing to the cost of supporting them through the review process. Industry concern over such “free-riders” has been an ongoing issue since the review started in 2000 ( Agrow No 448, p 8). However, the Court rejected the bid, largely because it ruled that the EU Directive and Regulations cited were concerned with setting procedures and did not affect the claimants individually.