Disagreement escalates over EU agchem proposals
The gulf between opposing views on the proposed revision of the EU agrochemical registration Directive (91/414) grew wider in May. Slovenia, as EU president, had to abandon its aim for EU Agriculture Ministers to reach agreement on the proposals at their May meeting, after last minute rejections of its compromise text by some member states and even the European Commission. Instead, the presidency has asked the Permanent Representatives Committee, which includes EU member state and Commission officials, to relook at the text and find a solution to the outstanding issues. These include the proposed introduction of hazard-based cut-off criteria and changes to data protection rules.