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EU industry slams MEP Committee vote on agchems

The European Crop Protection Association (ECPA) has condemned the European Parliament's Environment Committee for making a second bid to impose tougher restrictions on pesticides. The Committee has voted to reinstate proposals that would introduce more hazard-based cut-off criteria into the EU agrochemical registration process. In addition, it has repeated calls to add use-reduction targets to planned rules on sustainable pesticide use. The move puts the Committee on a collision course with the European Commission, EU Ministers and other MEPs, who had already rejected such proposals in the first debates on the issue.

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