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EU shows little progress on pesticides

Pesticides are used to protect crops against harmful organisms, pests and diseases. These insecticides, fungicides and herbicides put pressure on the environment and pose risks to human health. The EU has had common rules on their authorisation and use since 1991, and in 2009 it adopted the directive on sustainable use of pesticides. The European Court of Auditors assessed whether EU action in this respect had been successful. The auditors found that several EU Member States were late in transposing the directive into national law, and infringement procedures were initiated in 2012 against two of them. The auditors also found that the European Commission had not properly checked the completeness or correctness of transposition.  Read more....



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