New legislation in draft or under consideration
(Draft due spring 2015)
The European Commission is considering new legislation to cover all fertilisers in the EU.
- There was strong interest among member states/ stakeholders to fully harmonise the market, create a level playing field and impose tighter restrictions on some waste materials that were being marketed as fertilisers.
- Others reasons to revise the existing legislation included: the need to reduce the administrative burdens on member states, provide more flexibility to introduce new products and speed up the designation process.
- Four stakeholder working groups had been set up to discuss the proposed changes to the legislation. AIC had been given a seat on two of the WGs and had been a corresponding member of the other two.
- Widely diverging views had been expressed on a number of issues, including the setting of mandatory ceilings on heavy metals. However, these were brainstorming meetings only. The groups had no regulatory powers.
- There appeared to be a consensus that the Regulation should be expanded to cover organic and organo-mineral materials, soil improvers, growing media and bio-stimulants.
Update: The Commission is currently considering all the comments/proposals and is preparing a regulatory impact assessment, which it is anticipated will be issued in late 2014/early 2015, together with a revised draft Regulation. This will pass to the EU Council and Parliament for further debate, before being implemented in 2016/17. A presentation on the conclusions of the Working Groups and the outline thinking of the Commission is below.