Written by Didier Bourguignon (2nd edition),
Fertilising products are used to improve plant growth, mainly in agriculture, enabling higher crop yields. However, they are associated with some challenges as regards security of supply, the environment and health. Although the 2003 Fertilisers Regulation, which aimed at ensuring an internal market in fertilisers, has been effective, it mainly addresses mineral fertilisers and deters the introduction of new types of fertilisers.
In March 2016, the Commission put forward a legislative proposal on fertilising products, as announced in the circular economy action plan. The proposal modernises the conformity assessment and market surveillance in line with the ‘new legislative framework’ for product legislation, covers a wider range of fertilising products (including those manufactured from secondary raw materials), and sets limits for the presence of heavy metals and contaminants in fertilising products.
Stakeholders’ reactions have been mixed. In the European Parliament, the proposal is being considered by the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) Committee. Two further committees are associated: Environment and Public Health (ENVI) and Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI). The International Trade Committee (INTA) is also to prepare an opinion.
|Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down rules on the making available on the market of CE marked fertilising products and amending Regulations (EC) No 1069/2009 and (EC) No 1107/2009|
|Committee responsible:||Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO)||
COM(2016)157 of 17.03.2016
procedure ref.: 2016/0084(COD)
Ordinary legislative procedure
|Rapporteur::||Ildikó Gáll-Pelcz (EPP, Hungary)|
|Associated committees (Rule 54):||Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI)|
|Associated committees’ rapporteurs for opinion:
|ENVI – Elisabetta Gardini (EPP, Italy)
AGRI – Jan Huitema (ALDE, the Netherlands)
|Next steps expected:||Consideration of amendments in the three committees|