European Parliament kicks off debate on pesticide, food waste cuts

Euractiv | Jan 16, 2020 at 8:57 AM
  • MEPs agreed their first stance on the new Commission’s environmental flagship policy, the European Green Deal, aiming at halving food waste by 2030 and setting binding reduction targets for hazardous pesticides.
  • At first, even the Commission had set a 50% target of pesticide reduction in a leaked presentation of the Green Deal circulating before its launch, opting then to scrap any mention to numbers in the final proposal.
  • In its proposed tweak to EU state-aid rules presented on Tuesday (14 January), the EU Executive reduced the number of sectors eligible for compensation to avoid the risk of relocating production outside Europe, cutting off fertilisers manufacturers.