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Short report of the meeting held on 27 April 2001 in Brussels

President : L. Smeets
All Member States were present.

1. Examination and possible vote on a draft Commission Decision making it possible to extend provisional authorisations granted for the new active substances benzoic acid and cinidon ethyl (Sanco/1522/2001).

Vote : favourable opinion by qualified majority (4 votes against).

2. Examination and possible vote on a Draft Commission Directive concerning the inclusion of Paecilomyces fumosoroseus in Annex I to Council Directive 91/414/EEC (Sanco/1266/2001 rev 6; review report 4203/VI/98 rev 6).

The following declarations were made:

Greece: "With regard to the proposed vote for inclusion of Paecilomyces fumosoroseus in Annex I, Greece regrets for the fact that we abstain from the vote. This decision has nothing to do with the compound itself but is purely based on the fact that we do not dispose at the moment the necessary expertise as well as infrastructure to make proper evaluation to comply with the recently adopted EU Directive on data requirements for microbial pesticides. Therefore, we can't have an opinion on the correctness of the proposed Commission Directive and the appended Review Report. We will make any effort in future to fill this gap and to be in the position to contribute positively in the ongoing discussions. In this context we will ask for assistance from the Commission and the other EU Member States."

Commission: "With regard to the inclusion of Paecilomyces fumosoroseus in Annex I the Commission would like to make the following statement: Under the provisions for the inclusion of Paecilomyces fumosoroseus it is stated that each fermentation broth has to be checked by HPLC to ensure that no potentially hazardous, secondary metabolites are present. The Commission notes that the quality of the HPLC method is to be checked by the Member States."

Vote : favourable opinion by qualified majority (5 votes abstain).

3. Examination and possible vote on a draft Commission Decision concerning the non-inclusion of chlorfenapyr in Annex 1 to Council Directive 91/414/EEC and the withdrawal of provisional authorisations for plant protection products containing this active substance (Sanco/1088/2001 rev 3, review report Sanco/1089/2001 rev. 2).

Vote : favourable opinion by unanimity.

4. Examination and possible vote on a Draft Commission Directive concerning the inclusion of flupyrsulfuron methyl in Annex I to Council Directive 91/414/EEC (Sanco/4146/2000 rev 3; review report 5050/VI/97 rev 7).

The following declaration was made:

Commission: At the adoption of the Uniform Principles by Council in 1997, the Council and Commission agreed to the following declaration:

"The Council and the Commission note that application of this Directive is without prejudice to the legislation in force concerning the protection of workers. The Council and the Commission state that this principle will be unequivocally clarified in Directive 91/414/EEC on the occasion of the first amendment of that Directive. The Commission intends to submit a proposal for such amendment within one year from the date of notification of this Directive."

The Commission can for its part confirm its agreement with this declaration (subject to adequate adaptation of the deadline in the declaration).

Vote : favourable opinion by unanimity.

5. Examination of a document defining borderlines between biocides and plant protection products (Doc.Biocides/26/99 rev. 6).

The Committee took note of the document.

6. Other business

6.1: Participation of Accession Countries in the peer review

Greece inquires information concerning the participation of accession states at ECCO meetings. COM informs that a solution to the underlying problems - which mainly relate to the confidential nature of the data discussed in these meetings - appears shortly ahead and will keep Member States updated on further developments.

6.2: Decision making concerning carfentrazone ethyl

With regard to carfentrazone ethyl Denmark has concerns related to relevant metabolites and would prefer to make a decision only after a general consensus has been reached on how to deal with breakdown products, which might contaminate groundwater. The Commission takes note of these concerns but informs that France is still reviewing certain studies and modelling results related to the groundwater problem. A final decision concerning the further scheduling of this substance will be made when this evaluation is finished.

The measures on which the Committee has given its opinion are subject to the appropriate procedures for formal adoption by the Commission.

List of participants

Comité Comité phytosanitaire - legislation Date : 27 April 2001

Etat Membre

Ministère ou Organisme

Nombre de personnes

BE

Ministry of Agriculture

1

DK

Ministry of Environment and Energy

3

DE

Bundesministerium für Verbraucherschutz, Ernährung und Landwirtschaft

2

EL

Ministry of Agriculture

1

ES

Ministerio Agricultura

1

FR

Ministry of Agriculture

2

IRL

Pesticide Control Service

1

IT

Ministero della Sanita

1

L

Ministere de l'agriculture - ASTA

1

NL

Ministerie van VROM

1

Ministerie van LNV

1

Ministerie van SZW

1

A

Bundesminsterium für Land- und Forstwirtschaft, Umwelt und Wasserwirtschaft

1

PT

Ministry of Agriculture

1

FIN

Plant Protection Inspection Centre

1

SV

National Chemicals Inspection

2

UK

Pesticides Safety Directorate

2

COM

4

N

Norwegian Agricultural Inspection Service

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