The Czech Republic stood out against a ban on a series of pesticides which
was pushed through by other EU states on the grounds that they seriously
The Czech Republic was one of four countries which stood out against the ban of so-called neonicotinoids, alongside Denmark, Romania, and Hungary. Sixteen EU countries voted for the ban on outdoor use of the pesticides with eight abstaining.
The Czech Ministry of Agriculture had specifically been seeking an exception allowing for the use of the pesticide on the sugar beet crop warning that without it production costs and the profitability of the crop would be threatened.
From January next year the pesticide will only be allowed for use in closed greenhouses.
A new directive was announced by the European Commission on Wednesday which spells the end of dual quality in numerous international brand foods and other products across different EU countries. The quality of ingredients in some brand name items was for years inferior in parts of the former communist bloc. Prague and other newer EU members have long pressed for legislation threatening companies continuing the practice with stiff fines.
Consumers in the Czech Republic and other parts of the former Eastern Bloc look like getting positive news this week with EU officials due to put forward new guidelines against dual standards in food and other products. A Czech MEP says that while only a first step, the rules should ultimately prove useful.
A major agricultural machinery trade fair got underway in Brno in Sunday.
Techagro is the third biggest event of its kind in Europe and is held every
two years. The current edition features 720 companies from 37 countries.
Organisers say they expect over 100,000 visitors for the trade fair, which continues until Thursday.