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For better regulation on biocides - some gains in EP environment committee vote


22 Jun 2010


Agriculture & Food
Health & Consumers

Between 2003 and 2005, 15,600 Europeans were poisoned through the use of products containing biocides. Biocides are found in many cleaning products, disinfectants and lots of products intended for everyday use. "The GUE/NGL group wants to see a total ban on these dangerous substances" Sabine Wils, Member of the EP environment committee said after the vote on the new regulation that seeks harmonisation of rules on approving and using biocides.


"Compared to the majority of MEPs in the committee, our group does not want a centralized EU authorization procedure for all biocide products," Wils said, underlining that this would block better and more progressive authorization procedures on the national level. She welcomed the report's improved protection provisions for women and children in the future as well as the decision to consider environmental standards before the authorisation of a product containing biocides.


The report by rapporteur Christa Klass (EPP, DE) was adopted by the Environment Committee with 47 votes in favour, 5 against and 6 abstentions.



Brussels, 22 June 2010





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