Joint letter Response to the EC statements on: “Green Deal: pioneering proposals to restore Europe’s nature by 2050 and halve pesticide use by 2030”

While we support the Green Deal ambition to tackle environmental challenges, we firmly believe that using multilateral fora, not non-tariff barriers, is the correct way to achieve this. We are concerned that the evolving EU policy on Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) is likely to contradict EU law and international rules. This may create trade disruptions, legal disputes and reciprocal market access measures from other countries. If this were to happen, it could have a negative impact on both EU imports of agricultural goods and exports of higher value-added foods and drinks, agricultural development around the world and consumer choice (and prices).