Proposal for a new regulation on pesticides was rejected by the European Parliament

Proposal for a new regulation on pesticides was rejected by the European Parliament

On 22 November, during the plenary session in Strasbourg, the European Parliament rejected the European Commission's proposal for the regulation "Sustainable Use of Plant Protection Products", also known as the "Pesticides Regulation" with 299 MEPs votes against the proposed text, 207 in favor and 121 abstaining. Although sport was not the primary focus of the Regulation, it was directly impacted, as the proposed measures sought to prohibit the use of all pesticides in designated "sensitive areas," recreational or sports grounds. The primary objective of the Regulation was to mitigate the health and environmental risks associated with pesticide use, ultimately aiming to reduce such use by 50% by the year 2030. With the European Parliament's failure to adopt a stance on the Regulation, this likely signifies the conclusion of the Pesticides Regulation's journey, as it is unlikely to be enacted within the current parliamentary mandate, which concludes in May 2024.

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