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Commission found in breach of pesticides law

The European Commission has failed to fulfil obligations under an EU regulation on biocidal products, such as pesticides and antimicrobials, the General Court has found.

In a case brought forward by Sweden against the Commission, the General Court concluded on 16 December that the Commission had failed to fulfil its obligations under the regulation, which seeks to establish scientific criteria to determine endocrine-disrupting properties.

According to a General Court press release, the Commission had “a clear, precise and unconditional obligation” to adopt acts to regulate substances with endocrine disrupting properties. This was to be done by 13 December 2013 but the Commission failed to do, it says.

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