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2009/11/25
   Final act published in Official Journal
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PURPOSE: to ensure that new machinery for pesticide application does not endanger the environment unnecessarily.

LEGISLATIVE ACT: Directive 2009/127/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2006/42/EC with regard to machinery for pesticide application.

CONTENT: following an agreement with the Parliament under the second reading of the codecision procedure, the Council adopted this directive which aims to improve the design, construction and maintenance of machinery for pesticide application, with a view to reducing the adverse effects of pesticides on human health and the environment.

In its Communication of 12 July 2006 entitled ‘ A Thematic Strategy on the Sustainable Use of Pesticides’ , the Commission adopted a strategy aiming at reducing the risks to human health and the environment resulting from the use of pesticides. Furthermore, the European Parliament and the Council adopted Directive 2009/128/EC establishing a framework for Community action to achieve the sustainable use of pesticides (the ‘Framework Directive’).

This new directive, which amends Directive 2006/42/EC on machinery, is limited to the essential requirements with which machinery for pesticide application must comply before being placed on the market and/or put into service.

The main features of the directive are as follows:

Scope: the Framework Directive applies to pesticides which are plant protection products. It is therefore appropriate to limit the scope of this directive to machinery for the application of pesticides that are plant protection products. Essential health and safety requirements for the protection of the environment are applicable only to the machinery referred to in section 2.4 of Annex I of Directive 2006/42/EC.

One of the recitals emphasises that this Directive is limited to the essential requirements with which machinery for pesticide application must comply before being places on the market and/or put into service, while the European standardisation organisations are responsible for drawing up harmonised standards providing detailed specifications for the various categories of such machinery in order to enable manufacturers to comply with those requirements.

Machines: according to the directive, machinery for pesticide application includes self-propelled, towed, vehicle-mounted, semi-mounted and airborne machinery, as well as stationary machinery intended for pesticide application, both for professional and non-professional use. It also includes powered or manually-operated portable and handheld machinery with a pressure chamber.

Placing on the market: Member States shall take all appropriate measures to ensure that machinery may be placed on the market and/or put into service only if it satisfies the relevant provisions of this directive and does not endanger the health and safety of persons and, where appropriate, domestic animals and property and, where applicable, the environment, when properly installed and maintained and used of its intended purpose or under reasonably foreseeable conditions.

Where a Member State ascertains that machinery covered by this directive, bearing the CE marking, accompanied by the EC declaration of conformity and used in accordance with its intended purpose or under reasonably foreseeable conditions, is liable to endanger the health of safety of persons, or, where appropriate, domestic animals or property or, where applicable, the environment, it shall take all appropriate measures to withdraw such machinery from the market, to prohibit the placing on the market and/or putting into service of such machinery or to restrict the free movement thereof.

Risk assessment: the manufacturer of machinery for pesticide application or his authorised representative must ensure that an assessment is carried out of the risks of unintended exposure of the environment to pesticides, in accordance with the process of risk assessment and risk reduction referred to in the General Principles, point 1. Machinery for pesticide application must be designed and constructed taking into account the results of the risk assessment so that the machinery can be operated, adjusted and maintained without unintended exposure of the environment to pesticides. Leakage must be prevented at all times.

Controls and monitoring: it must be possible to easily and accurately control, monitor and immediately stop the pesticide application from the operating positions.

Provisions have also been included in order to improve the instructions for use provided by the manufacturers of such machines.

Involvement of interested parties: all interested parties, including industry, farmers and environmental organisations should be equally involved in the establishment of harmonised standards so as to ensure that they are adopted on the basis of a clear consensus amongst all stakeholders.

Precautionary principle: where the available scientific evidence is insufficient to allow an accurate risk assessment, Member States, when taking measures under this directive, should apply the precautionary principle of Community law as contained in the Treaty and in the jurisprudence of the Court of Justice of the European Communities.

ENTRY INTO FORCE: 15/12/2009.

TRANSPOSITION: 15/06/2011.

APPLICATION: from 15/12/2011.

2009/10/21
   CSL - Draft final act
Documents
2009/10/21
   CSL - Final act signed
2009/10/21
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2009/09/24
   EP/CSL - Act adopted by Council after Parliament's 1st reading
2009/09/24
   CSL - Council Meeting
2009/06/25
   EC - Commission response to text adopted in plenary
Documents
2009/04/22
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2009/04/22
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 644 votes to 11, with 33 abstentions, a legislative resolution approving, under the first reading of the codecision procedure, the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on machinery for pesticide application, amending Directive 2006/42/EC of 17 May 2006 on machinery.

The amendments were the result of a compromise negotiated with the Council. The main amendments were as follows:

Scope of the Directive : the essential health and safety requirements are set out in Annex I of the Directive. Essential health and safety requirements for the protection of the environment are applicable only to the machinery referred to in Section 2.4. of that Annex .

A new recital stresses that the Directive is limited to the essential requirements with which the machinery for pesticide application must comply before being placed on the market and/or put into service while the European standardisation organisations are responsible for drawing up technical standards providing detailed specifications for the various categories of that machinery in order to enable manufacturers to comply with those requirements.

Machinery : under the compromise, machinery for pesticide application includes self-propelled, towed, vehicle-mounted, semi-mounted and airborne machinery, as well as stationary machinery intended for pesticide application, both for professional and non-professional use. It also includes powered or manually-operated portable and handheld machinery with a pressure chamber.

General : the manufacturer of machinery for pesticide application or his authorised representative must ensure that an assessment is carried out of the risks of unintended exposure of the environment to pesticides, in accordance with the process of risk assessment and risk reduction referred to in General Principle 1.

Machinery for pesticide application must be designed and constructed taking into account the results of the risk assessment so that it can be operated, adjusted and maintained without unintended exposure of the environment to pesticides. Leakage must be prevented at all times.

Controls and monitoring : it must be possible to easily and accurately control, monitor and immediately stop the pesticide application from the operating positions.

Distribution, deposition and drift of pesticide : the machinery must be designed and constructed to ensure that pesticide is deposited on target areas, to minimise losses to other areas and to prevent drift of pesticide to the environment. Where appropriate, an even distribution and homogeneous deposition must be ensured.

Tests : in order to verify that the relevant parts of machinery comply with the requirements, the manufacturer or his authorised representative must, for each type of machinery concerned, perform appropriate tests or have such tests performed.

Losses during stoppage : the machinery must be designed and constructed to prevent losses while the pesticide application function is stopped.

Marking and indication of pesticide in use : nozzles, strainers and filters must be marked so that their type and size can be clearly identified. Where appropriate, the machinery must be fitted with a specific mounting where the operator can place the name of the pesticide in use.

Provisions were also added in order to improve the instructions provided by the manufacturers of the machinery.

Involving interested parties : it is essential that all interested parties, including industry, farmers and environmental organisations, are equally involved in the establishment of the harmonised standards, so as to ensure that they are adopted on the basis of a clear consensus amongst all stakeholders.

Precautionary principle : where the available scientific evidence is too uncertain to allow an accurate risk estimation, Member States, when taking measures under this Directive, should apply the precautionary principle as contained in the Treaty and in the jurisprudence of the Court of Justice of the European Communities.

Documents
2009/03/16
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Documents
2009/03/16
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Documents
2009/03/09
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
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The Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection adopted the report drawn up by Leopold Józef RUTOWICZ (UEN, PL) amending, under the first reading of the codecision procedure, the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on machinery for pesticide application, amending Directive 2006/42/EC of 17 May 2006 on machinery.

The main amendments cover the following points:

Scope of application of the directive : MEPs added a new definition of 'essential health and safety requirements', including a reference to the protection of the environment, to avoid the need to amend the numerous references to this term in the Machinery Directive.

The committee requests that essential health and safety requirements for the protection of the environment should apply only to machinery for pesticide application referred to in section 2.4 of Annex I.

Requirements for the protection of the environment applicable to machinery for pesticide application (Annex I, point 2.4) : MEPs adopted a number of amendments aimed at strengthening the requirements for the protection of the environment applicable to machinery for pesticide application. Machinery for pesticide application must be designed, constructed and equipped so that it can be operated, adjusted and maintained without damaging human health and the environment. For this purpose, due account must be taken of the requirements of the precautionary principle.

Provisions have also been introduced for improving the instructions provided by the manufacturers of this machinery.

Consistent reference to the protection of the environment : a set of amendments has been introduced on different articles of the Machinery Directive with the broad aim of ensuring a consistent reference to the protection of domestic animals, property and the environment.

2009/02/25
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2009/02/25
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2009/01/26
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2009/01/14
   ESC - Economic and Social Committee: opinion, report
Documents
2008/10/07
   EP - RUTOWICZ Leopold Józef (UEN) appointed as rapporteur in IMCO
2008/09/23
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
2008/09/05
   EC - Legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to ensure that new machinery for pesticide application does not endanger the environment unnecessarily.

PROPOSED ACT: Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council.

BACKGROUND: the European Parliament and the Council have recognised, in the Decision adopting the 6th Community Environment Action Programme, that the impact of pesticides on

human health and the environment must be further reduced. As a first stage, this objective concerns plant protection products. Since then, the European Commission has adopted the “ Thematic Strategy on the Sustainable Use of Pesticides ” and proposed a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a framework for Community action to achieve a sustainable use of pesticides to deal with the main legislative aspects of its implementation.

In its Thematic Strategy, and in the preamble as well as in the explanatory memorandum to the proposed Framework Directive, the Commission has made a commitment to introduce the necessary environmental protection requirements for new pesticide application equipment into a separate proposal.

Well designed, constructed and maintained machinery for pesticide application plays a significant role in reducing the adverse impacts of pesticides on human health, in particular on the operators of the machinery, and on the environment. Harmonisation of requirements for such machinery is a prerequisite for ensuring a high standard of protection while ensuring the free movement of such products in the Community. For this purpose, the Commission is now proposing a Directive amending Directive 2006/42/EC on machinery.

CONTENT: the objective of the proposal is to ensure that new machinery for pesticide application does not endanger the environment unnecessarily. To this end, the proposal introduces supplementary essential environmental protection requirements that must be fulfilled by new machinery for pesticide application before it is placed on the market and/or put into service in the Community. These supplementary essential requirements are mandatory provisions intended to ensure that the products do not endanger the environment unnecessarily.

In addition, amendments are made to the Annexes. In particular, the first General Principle set out in introduction to the Annex I is amended to include the obligation for manufacturers of machinery for pesticide application, where appropriate, to estimate the risks of damage to the environment.

Part 2 of Annex I sets out supplementary essential health and safety requirements for several categories of machinery. It is proposed to add a reference to machinery for pesticide application to the first paragraph defining the scope of Part 2. The new supplementary environmental protection requirements are introduced in a new Section 2.4. The requirements set out in the proposed new Section 2.4 apply to machinery for pesticide application. A definition of ‘machinery for pesticide application’ is given which makes it clear that the requirements apply to machinery intended for applying plant protection products and biocidal products for pest control, in line with the scope of the Thematic Strategy and the Framework Directive.

Machinery for pesticide application includes self-propelled machinery, towed, vehicle-mounted and semi-mounted machinery, airborne machinery as well as stationary machinery intended for pesticide application, both for professional and consumer use. It also includes powered portable and handheld machinery and manually-operated portable and handheld machinery for pesticide application with a pressure chamber. However, the requirements set out in the Annex do not apply to manually-operated portable or handheld pesticide application equipment without a pressure chamber or to simple pesticide application equipment without moving parts, since such equipment is not in the scope of the Machinery Directive. Two new subsections set out essential requirements that aim to ensure that machinery for pesticide application is designed and constructed in order to minimise damage to the environment and is accompanied by the necessary instructions relating to its correct use, maintenance and inspection.

Lastly, the proposed new essential requirements are intended to be supported by technical specifications of harmonised standards for the various categories of machinery for pesticide application. To that end, the Commission will give an appropriate mandate to the European Standardisation Organisations.

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Votes

Rapport RUTOWICZ A6-0137/2009 - résolution législative

2009/04/22 Outcome: +: 643, 0: 13, -: 11
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AmendmentsDossier
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2009/02/25 IMCO 29 amendments...
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  • date: 2008-09-05T00:00:00 type: Legislative proposal published body: EC docs: url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!DocNumber&lg=EN&type_doc=COMfinal&an_doc=2008&nu_doc=535 title: EUR-Lex title: COM(2008)0535 summary: PURPOSE: to ensure that new machinery for pesticide application does not endanger the environment unnecessarily. PROPOSED ACT: Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council. BACKGROUND: the European Parliament and the Council have recognised, in the Decision adopting the 6th Community Environment Action Programme, that the impact of pesticides on human health and the environment must be further reduced. As a first stage, this objective concerns plant protection products. Since then, the European Commission has adopted the “ Thematic Strategy on the Sustainable Use of Pesticides ” and proposed a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a framework for Community action to achieve a sustainable use of pesticides to deal with the main legislative aspects of its implementation. In its Thematic Strategy, and in the preamble as well as in the explanatory memorandum to the proposed Framework Directive, the Commission has made a commitment to introduce the necessary environmental protection requirements for new pesticide application equipment into a separate proposal. Well designed, constructed and maintained machinery for pesticide application plays a significant role in reducing the adverse impacts of pesticides on human health, in particular on the operators of the machinery, and on the environment. Harmonisation of requirements for such machinery is a prerequisite for ensuring a high standard of protection while ensuring the free movement of such products in the Community. For this purpose, the Commission is now proposing a Directive amending Directive 2006/42/EC on machinery. CONTENT: the objective of the proposal is to ensure that new machinery for pesticide application does not endanger the environment unnecessarily. To this end, the proposal introduces supplementary essential environmental protection requirements that must be fulfilled by new machinery for pesticide application before it is placed on the market and/or put into service in the Community. These supplementary essential requirements are mandatory provisions intended to ensure that the products do not endanger the environment unnecessarily. In addition, amendments are made to the Annexes. In particular, the first General Principle set out in introduction to the Annex I is amended to include the obligation for manufacturers of machinery for pesticide application, where appropriate, to estimate the risks of damage to the environment. Part 2 of Annex I sets out supplementary essential health and safety requirements for several categories of machinery. It is proposed to add a reference to machinery for pesticide application to the first paragraph defining the scope of Part 2. The new supplementary environmental protection requirements are introduced in a new Section 2.4. The requirements set out in the proposed new Section 2.4 apply to machinery for pesticide application. A definition of ‘machinery for pesticide application’ is given which makes it clear that the requirements apply to machinery intended for applying plant protection products and biocidal products for pest control, in line with the scope of the Thematic Strategy and the Framework Directive. Machinery for pesticide application includes self-propelled machinery, towed, vehicle-mounted and semi-mounted machinery, airborne machinery as well as stationary machinery intended for pesticide application, both for professional and consumer use. It also includes powered portable and handheld machinery and manually-operated portable and handheld machinery for pesticide application with a pressure chamber. However, the requirements set out in the Annex do not apply to manually-operated portable or handheld pesticide application equipment without a pressure chamber or to simple pesticide application equipment without moving parts, since such equipment is not in the scope of the Machinery Directive. Two new subsections set out essential requirements that aim to ensure that machinery for pesticide application is designed and constructed in order to minimise damage to the environment and is accompanied by the necessary instructions relating to its correct use, maintenance and inspection. Lastly, the proposed new essential requirements are intended to be supported by technical specifications of harmonised standards for the various categories of machinery for pesticide application. To that end, the Commission will give an appropriate mandate to the European Standardisation Organisations.
  • date: 2008-09-23T00:00:00 type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
  • date: 2009-03-09T00:00:00 type: Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading body: EP summary: The Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection adopted the report drawn up by Leopold Józef RUTOWICZ (UEN, PL) amending, under the first reading of the codecision procedure, the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on machinery for pesticide application, amending Directive 2006/42/EC of 17 May 2006 on machinery. The main amendments cover the following points: Scope of application of the directive : MEPs added a new definition of 'essential health and safety requirements', including a reference to the protection of the environment, to avoid the need to amend the numerous references to this term in the Machinery Directive. The committee requests that essential health and safety requirements for the protection of the environment should apply only to machinery for pesticide application referred to in section 2.4 of Annex I. Requirements for the protection of the environment applicable to machinery for pesticide application (Annex I, point 2.4) : MEPs adopted a number of amendments aimed at strengthening the requirements for the protection of the environment applicable to machinery for pesticide application. Machinery for pesticide application must be designed, constructed and equipped so that it can be operated, adjusted and maintained without damaging human health and the environment. For this purpose, due account must be taken of the requirements of the precautionary principle. Provisions have also been introduced for improving the instructions provided by the manufacturers of this machinery. Consistent reference to the protection of the environment : a set of amendments has been introduced on different articles of the Machinery Directive with the broad aim of ensuring a consistent reference to the protection of domestic animals, property and the environment.
  • date: 2009-03-16T00:00:00 type: Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A6-2009-137&language=EN title: A6-0137/2009
  • date: 2009-04-22T00:00:00 type: Results of vote in Parliament body: EP docs: url: https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/sda.do?id=16903&l=en title: Results of vote in Parliament
  • date: 2009-04-22T00:00:00 type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P6-TA-2009-247 title: T6-0247/2009 summary: The European Parliament adopted by 644 votes to 11, with 33 abstentions, a legislative resolution approving, under the first reading of the codecision procedure, the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on machinery for pesticide application, amending Directive 2006/42/EC of 17 May 2006 on machinery. The amendments were the result of a compromise negotiated with the Council. The main amendments were as follows: Scope of the Directive : the essential health and safety requirements are set out in Annex I of the Directive. Essential health and safety requirements for the protection of the environment are applicable only to the machinery referred to in Section 2.4. of that Annex . A new recital stresses that the Directive is limited to the essential requirements with which the machinery for pesticide application must comply before being placed on the market and/or put into service while the European standardisation organisations are responsible for drawing up technical standards providing detailed specifications for the various categories of that machinery in order to enable manufacturers to comply with those requirements. Machinery : under the compromise, machinery for pesticide application includes self-propelled, towed, vehicle-mounted, semi-mounted and airborne machinery, as well as stationary machinery intended for pesticide application, both for professional and non-professional use. It also includes powered or manually-operated portable and handheld machinery with a pressure chamber. General : the manufacturer of machinery for pesticide application or his authorised representative must ensure that an assessment is carried out of the risks of unintended exposure of the environment to pesticides, in accordance with the process of risk assessment and risk reduction referred to in General Principle 1. Machinery for pesticide application must be designed and constructed taking into account the results of the risk assessment so that it can be operated, adjusted and maintained without unintended exposure of the environment to pesticides. Leakage must be prevented at all times. Controls and monitoring : it must be possible to easily and accurately control, monitor and immediately stop the pesticide application from the operating positions. Distribution, deposition and drift of pesticide : the machinery must be designed and constructed to ensure that pesticide is deposited on target areas, to minimise losses to other areas and to prevent drift of pesticide to the environment. Where appropriate, an even distribution and homogeneous deposition must be ensured. Tests : in order to verify that the relevant parts of machinery comply with the requirements, the manufacturer or his authorised representative must, for each type of machinery concerned, perform appropriate tests or have such tests performed. Losses during stoppage : the machinery must be designed and constructed to prevent losses while the pesticide application function is stopped. Marking and indication of pesticide in use : nozzles, strainers and filters must be marked so that their type and size can be clearly identified. Where appropriate, the machinery must be fitted with a specific mounting where the operator can place the name of the pesticide in use. Provisions were also added in order to improve the instructions provided by the manufacturers of the machinery. Involving interested parties : it is essential that all interested parties, including industry, farmers and environmental organisations, are equally involved in the establishment of the harmonised standards, so as to ensure that they are adopted on the basis of a clear consensus amongst all stakeholders. Precautionary principle : where the available scientific evidence is too uncertain to allow an accurate risk estimation, Member States, when taking measures under this Directive, should apply the precautionary principle as contained in the Treaty and in the jurisprudence of the Court of Justice of the European Communities.
  • date: 2009-09-24T00:00:00 type: Act adopted by Council after Parliament's 1st reading body: EP/CSL
  • date: 2009-10-21T00:00:00 type: Final act signed body: CSL
  • date: 2009-10-21T00:00:00 type: End of procedure in Parliament body: EP
  • date: 2009-11-25T00:00:00 type: Final act published in Official Journal summary: PURPOSE: to ensure that new machinery for pesticide application does not endanger the environment unnecessarily. LEGISLATIVE ACT: Directive 2009/127/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2006/42/EC with regard to machinery for pesticide application. CONTENT: following an agreement with the Parliament under the second reading of the codecision procedure, the Council adopted this directive which aims to improve the design, construction and maintenance of machinery for pesticide application, with a view to reducing the adverse effects of pesticides on human health and the environment. In its Communication of 12 July 2006 entitled ‘ A Thematic Strategy on the Sustainable Use of Pesticides’ , the Commission adopted a strategy aiming at reducing the risks to human health and the environment resulting from the use of pesticides. Furthermore, the European Parliament and the Council adopted Directive 2009/128/EC establishing a framework for Community action to achieve the sustainable use of pesticides (the ‘Framework Directive’). This new directive, which amends Directive 2006/42/EC on machinery, is limited to the essential requirements with which machinery for pesticide application must comply before being placed on the market and/or put into service. The main features of the directive are as follows: Scope: the Framework Directive applies to pesticides which are plant protection products. It is therefore appropriate to limit the scope of this directive to machinery for the application of pesticides that are plant protection products. Essential health and safety requirements for the protection of the environment are applicable only to the machinery referred to in section 2.4 of Annex I of Directive 2006/42/EC. One of the recitals emphasises that this Directive is limited to the essential requirements with which machinery for pesticide application must comply before being places on the market and/or put into service, while the European standardisation organisations are responsible for drawing up harmonised standards providing detailed specifications for the various categories of such machinery in order to enable manufacturers to comply with those requirements. Machines: according to the directive, machinery for pesticide application includes self-propelled, towed, vehicle-mounted, semi-mounted and airborne machinery, as well as stationary machinery intended for pesticide application, both for professional and non-professional use. It also includes powered or manually-operated portable and handheld machinery with a pressure chamber. Placing on the market: Member States shall take all appropriate measures to ensure that machinery may be placed on the market and/or put into service only if it satisfies the relevant provisions of this directive and does not endanger the health and safety of persons and, where appropriate, domestic animals and property and, where applicable, the environment, when properly installed and maintained and used of its intended purpose or under reasonably foreseeable conditions. Where a Member State ascertains that machinery covered by this directive, bearing the CE marking, accompanied by the EC declaration of conformity and used in accordance with its intended purpose or under reasonably foreseeable conditions, is liable to endanger the health of safety of persons, or, where appropriate, domestic animals or property or, where applicable, the environment, it shall take all appropriate measures to withdraw such machinery from the market, to prohibit the placing on the market and/or putting into service of such machinery or to restrict the free movement thereof. Risk assessment: the manufacturer of machinery for pesticide application or his authorised representative must ensure that an assessment is carried out of the risks of unintended exposure of the environment to pesticides, in accordance with the process of risk assessment and risk reduction referred to in the General Principles, point 1. Machinery for pesticide application must be designed and constructed taking into account the results of the risk assessment so that the machinery can be operated, adjusted and maintained without unintended exposure of the environment to pesticides. Leakage must be prevented at all times. Controls and monitoring: it must be possible to easily and accurately control, monitor and immediately stop the pesticide application from the operating positions. Provisions have also been included in order to improve the instructions for use provided by the manufacturers of such machines. Involvement of interested parties: all interested parties, including industry, farmers and environmental organisations should be equally involved in the establishment of harmonised standards so as to ensure that they are adopted on the basis of a clear consensus amongst all stakeholders. Precautionary principle: where the available scientific evidence is insufficient to allow an accurate risk assessment, Member States, when taking measures under this directive, should apply the precautionary principle of Community law as contained in the Treaty and in the jurisprudence of the Court of Justice of the European Communities. ENTRY INTO FORCE: 15/12/2009. TRANSPOSITION: 15/06/2011. APPLICATION: from 15/12/2011. docs: title: Directive 2009/127 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=32009L0127 title: OJ L 310 25.11.2009, p. 0029 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/JOHtml.do?uri=OJ:L:2009:310:SOM:EN:HTML
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  • date: 2008-09-05T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/registre/docs_autres_institutions/commission_europeenne/com/2008/0535/COM_COM(2008)0535_FR.pdf celexid: CELEX:52008PC0535:EN type: Legislative proposal published title: COM(2008)0535 type: Legislative proposal published body: EC commission: DG: url: http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/ title: Enterprise and Industry Commissioner: VERHEUGEN Günter
  • date: 2008-09-23T00:00:00 body: EP type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading committees: body: EP responsible: False committee_full: Agriculture and Rural Development committee: AGRI body: EP responsible: False committee_full: Environment, Public Health and Food Safety committee: ENVI body: EP responsible: True committee: IMCO date: 2008-10-07T00:00:00 committee_full: Internal Market and Consumer Protection rapporteur: group: UEN name: RUTOWICZ Leopold Józef
  • date: 2009-03-09T00:00:00 body: EP committees: body: EP responsible: False committee_full: Agriculture and Rural Development committee: AGRI body: EP responsible: False committee_full: Environment, Public Health and Food Safety committee: ENVI body: EP responsible: True committee: IMCO date: 2008-10-07T00:00:00 committee_full: Internal Market and Consumer Protection rapporteur: group: UEN name: RUTOWICZ Leopold Józef type: Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
  • date: 2009-03-16T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A6-2009-137&language=EN type: Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading title: A6-0137/2009 body: EP committees: body: EP responsible: False committee_full: Agriculture and Rural Development committee: AGRI body: EP responsible: False committee_full: Environment, Public Health and Food Safety committee: ENVI body: EP responsible: True committee: IMCO date: 2008-10-07T00:00:00 committee_full: Internal Market and Consumer Protection rapporteur: group: UEN name: RUTOWICZ Leopold Józef type: Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
  • date: 2009-04-22T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/sda.do?id=16903&l=en type: Results of vote in Parliament title: Results of vote in Parliament url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P6-TA-2009-247 type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading title: T6-0247/2009 body: EP type: Results of vote in Parliament
  • date: 2009-09-24T00:00:00 body: CSL type: Council Meeting council: Competitiveness (Internal Market, Industry, Research and Space) meeting_id: 2963
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  • date: 2009-10-21T00:00:00 body: CSL type: Final act signed
  • date: 2009-10-21T00:00:00 body: EP type: End of procedure in Parliament
  • date: 2009-11-25T00:00:00 type: Final act published in Official Journal docs: url: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=32009L0127 title: Directive 2009/127 url: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=OJ:L:2009:310:TOC title: OJ L 310 25.11.2009, p. 0029
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