Nine EU states warned over ozone-depleting pesticide

Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom have been sent first warnings for failing to report on the phasing-out of methyl bromide.

The European Commission has sent first written warnings to
nine Member States - Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland,
Italy, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom - for failing to
report adequately on the measures they have taken to limit the use
of methyl bromide.

Methyl bromide is a pesticide used by fruit growers for the
control of pest insects, weeds, pathogens and rodents. It is
considered to be a significant ozone-depleting substance.

Under the

Montreal Protocol,
the pesticide is to be banned as of January 2005, with exemptions
being granted for 2005 (for a more detailed account on the
provisions of the agreement, see
).

 

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