Following lobbying from Pesticide Action Network Europe (PAN Europe), and other organisations, The EU Court of Justice has announced that information about pesticides, their ingredients and their effects on the environment can no longer be hidden behind commercial confidentiality clauses and instead will have to be made available to those requesting it. The Court ruled that the use of pesticides falls under the definition of emissions to the environment and should be subject to the same provisions as any other emission to the environment as laid out in the Aarhus Convention.
This ruling will, we hope, allow greater access to information and transparency about the effects of pesticides and allow for far more thorough independent scrutiny of the ways in which people and the environment are exposed to, and affected by, them.
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