Press releases

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Commission Staff Working Document on Agriculture and Sustainable Water Management in the EU: an EEB & PAN Europe reaction.

The Commission has produced a Staff Working Document on Water and Agriculture (SWD(2017)153 final) which it will present in the informal meeting of Agriculture Ministers in Malta on the 23rd of May. The working document is the outcome of a collaboration between the environment department and the agriculture department of the Commission on the matter. Some key extracts of the document include:

Friday, April 28, 2017

(Brussels, 28 April) Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Europe, Inter-Environnement Wallonie and the Velt welcome the proposal of Agriculture Minister Mr Borsus to ban placing of glyphosate-based herbicides on the market for non-professional users by the end of 2017 and restrict their use in private gardens.

 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

In February 2016 EU Ombudsman ruled that the European Commission health service DG SANTE violated the precautionary principle by approving pesticides with serious data gaps and high risks. Data gaps observed by Food Authority EFSA and high risks should have made it impossible for DG SANTE to conclude that harmful effects to humans are absent as well as unacceptable effects to the environment. Still they did and most pesticides were approved with data gaps and high risks for the environment. Deciding on an approval while crucial data are missing (or while high risks are observed) is unlawful and contrary to the principles of good administration, according to the Ombudsman.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

(Brussels, 28 March) Today, Joël Labbé, Senator of Morbihan and Vice-President of the Commission of Economic Affairs in France, has launched an EU proposal for banning pesticides use outside agriculture. Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Europe warmly welcomes this initiative, as pesticides are not only used in the agricultural sector, but also in private gardens, public parks, playgrounds, sidewalks, graveyards, sport fields, railways, to name a few. Continue reading>>
 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Tomorrow, 27 March 2017, another Forum for the Future of Agriculture (FFA) conference, jointly organized by the European Landowners Organisation (ELO) and Syngenta, will be hosted at the Square in Brussels.  As this year’s topic is ‘time for solutions’, it would be the right moment to also talk about the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), as CAP reform discussions have already started.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Bee-killing Neonicotinoids: European Commission proposal for a complete ban

Today, 23 March 2017, the European Commission has presented to the Member States its draft regulations to ban neonicotinoids. A vote by Member State could take place in May.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Bee-killing Neonicotinoids:  European Commission proposal for a complete ban

 

Today, 23 March 2017, the European Commission has presented to the Member States its draft regulations to ban neonicotinoids. A vote by Member State could take place in May.

 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Democratic Rules Shattered in European Commission's Pesticides Committee

Eight years have already passed since the Plant Protection Product Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 entered into force and the European Commission has yet to ban a single pesticide active substance that could cause harm according to the law’s provisional endocrine disrupting criteria, also known as ‘interim criteria’[1].

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