The European Parliament voted by an overwhelming  majority in favour of the Motion for a Resolution on low-risk pesticides of biological origin.

On 15 February 2017, the European Parliament adopted the Motion for a Resolution on faster access to the European market for biological low-risk pesticides during its plenary session in Strasbourg.

The Parliament responded to the needs and requirements of both European citizens and farmers while ensuring that innovative enterprises, as IBMA members, producing low-risk pesticides, can bring their innovative products in a timely manner to the market. The European Parliament calls on Commissioner for Health Dr Vytenis Andriukaitis to submit a specific legislative proposal amending Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 by enabling a fast-track evaluation, approval and authorisation process for low-risk pesticides of biological origin before the end of 2018.

IBMA President Dr Willem Ravensberg: "After decades of very lengthy registrations procedures the European Parliament has practically unanimously supported us in our proposal for a accelerated registration process."

IBMA is grateful to the 8 Co-Sponsors of the Resolution and notably to Messrs Poc (S&D), Dorfmann (PPE), Staes (Greens/EFA) and Ms Ries (ALDE).

We hope the Commission will execute the Resolution soon. 

 

After the draft Resolution text was first adopted in the ENVI Committee on 31 January 2017 with an overwhelming 59-1 vote, the plenary session confirmed this large support as well.

In fact, during the European Parliament Oral Question to Commissioner Health Dr Vytenis Andriukaitis - on 13 February - 22 MEPs took part in the debate: 21 MEPs supported the Resolution and 1 MEP was against.

Two days later, the European Parliament voted with an overwhelming majority in favour of the Resolution. The European Commission cannot receive a clearer signal of the only directly democratically elected institution of the European Union. COPA and COGECA and IBMA and indeed all consumers in the European Union can thus be confident that the Commission will adapt Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 within 2 years.

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