The EU's professional agricultural organisations still regret the lack of evaluation of the impact on their sector of the future European legislation on placing plant protection products on the market and the sustainable use of pesticides. But they should not be able to mobilise a sufficient number of MEPs to block the definitive adoption, on 14 January, of the new regulation during the European Parliament's next plenary session. A majority of European elected officials appears, in fact, to be in favour of the compromise. The main political groups

the centre right (EPP-ED), the centre (ALDE), and the centre left (PES) meeting in Brussels during the week of 5 January, indicated their intention to vote in favour of the text, with the exception of British, Irish and Polish MEPs (53 in favour and 25 against within the largest group, the EPP).

As for the permanent representatives of the member states (Coreper), they recently indicated - with the exception of the United Kingdom, Ireland and Hungary - their intention to support the text, once it has been approved by the plenary.

MEPs have, for the past few weeks, had access to a study carried out by the Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEM) on products deemed to have particularly "serious" properties, which anticipates the disappearance of 22 molecules - some of which are very common - out of the 505 currently in circulation. This concerns eight herbicides (Amitrole, Ioxynil, Glufosinate, Linuron, Molinate, Pendimethalin, Tepraloxydim and Tralkoxydim), eleven fungicides (Carbendazim, Dinocap, Epoxiconazole, Flumioxazin, Flusilazole, Iprodion, Mancozeb, Maneb, Metconazole, Quinoxyfen and Tebuconazole), three insecticides (Bifenthrin, Lufenuron and Thiacloprid) and...

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