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EU votes to ban chlorpyrifos

EU member states have supported draft decisions not to renew the EU approvals for the insecticides, chlorpyrifos and chlorpyrifos-methyl.

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EU opinion on regulation of NBTs due in spring

A European Commission paper “addressing” the controversial issue of regulating new breeding techniques (NBTs) in plants as genetically modified organisms may appear in the spring, according to a leaked document released by environmentalist group Greenpeace.

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Ombudsman says no undue delay in EU handling of glyphosate MRL review

The European Ombudsman has rejected a complaint that the European Commission was wrong to delay a decision on a maximum residue limit (MRL) for the herbicide, glyphosate, on a specific crop until a general review of all glyphosate MRLs had been completed. 

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Env MEPs call for pesticide reduction to protect bees

A targeted reduction in pesticide use is needed because suggested measures in the European Commission’s EU Pollinators Initiative do not go far enough, says the European Parliament’s Environment Committee. 

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EU signs off eight GM crop approvals

The European Commission has signed off approvals for eight genetically modified crop lines that had been stalled in the authorisation system for up to six months. 

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The problem with mixtures

Gero Eck and Eva Eschenbach from Eurofins Agroscience Regulatory discuss obstacles for product registration arising from the environmental assessments of formulations containing more than one active ingredient.

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Politics and loss of products casting a shadow on EU agriculture

BCPC Congress 2019 in Brighton covered a wide range of topics ranging from the regulatory situation in crop protection and gene editing, policy issues, sustainability and emerging technologies. Jonathan Shoham and George Partington from Phillips McDougall report on the event.

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MEPs accept new EU Commission

The European Parliament has voted in favour of the new European Commission, allowing it to start operating on December 1st for five years.

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EU approval expiry postponed for three biocides

EU approvals for three active ingredients for use in wood preservatives have been extended because of decisions to conduct full evaluations prior to their renewal. 

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MEPs object to proposed approvals of four GM crops

The European Parliament has objected to European Commission proposals to approve the import of four genetically modified herbicide-tolerant maize, cotton and soybean lines. 

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Still no support for EU action to stop emergency neonic approvals

For the second time, EU member states have refused to give majority backing to measures that would stop Lithuania and Romania from granting emergency approvals for certain uses of neonicotinoid insecticides. 

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EU picoxystrobin MRL changes slammed by Brazil

The European Commission’s approach to lowering maximum residue limits (MRLs) for the fungicide, picoxystrobin, earlier this year and not renewing its EU approval in 2017 have been criticised by Brazil as being impractical and unscientific. 

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