EU agrees draft rules on agchem statistics
A draft regulation to harmonise EU data collection systems for pesticide statistics has been agreed by representatives of EU Ministers and the European Parliament. The issue was referred to a conciliation committee by the European Commission in October ( Agrow No 579, p 11). The participants agreed that the new system would initially be confined to the sale and use of agricultural pesticides. This retains an earlier compromise reached before the legislation’s progress was interrupted by the Parliament’s elections in June.