Pesticide Free Towns: European policies, local strategies and future perspectives ( 27th September 2018)

Pesticide Free Towns: European policies, local strategies and future perspectives

 Hosted by MEP’s Nicola Caputo (ENVI Committee), Eric Andrieu  and Pavel Poc (PEST Committee)

 Where: European Parliament, Brussels, Room A3H1

 When: September 27th, 9:00-12:00

 Simultaneous interpretation: IT, FR, EN




Welcome and introductory remarks  (9h00-9h20)

MEP Nicola Caputo and PAN Europe - Henriette Christensen


European policies and perspectives on Pesticide Free Towns  (9h20-10h00)

MEP Eric Andrieu - “Latest pesticide policy developments in the PEST Committee”

MEP Pavel Poc -“Where are we now? Implementing the EU regulations”

MEP Jytte Guteland - “Status of implementation of the Directive on the sustainable use of pesticides”

Koen Hertoge, Member of promotion team Mals Pesticide-free village - “Why EU regulations matter at local level: the case of Mals/Malles

French Senator Joel Labbe - “EU-wide non-agricultural pesticide ban and current situation in France”


Local strategies by European Municipalities  (10h00-11h00)

Davide Diegoli, Vice Mayor of Occhiobello - “Pesticide Free Towns in Italy, opportunities and problems in the sustainable management of green spaces

Mep Marco Affronte - “Political challenges for banning pesticides in public areas in Italy”

Olivier Deleuze, Mayor of Watermael Boitsfort - “From national to local: a good practice example from Belgium"

Ivan Stomeo, President of Borghi Autentici d’Italia - “Flourishing villages: how greening including going pesticide free can support local economy”

Luís Newton, President of the Parish Council of Estrela (Lisbon) - “Life after glyphosate: Estrela Borough Experience


Coffee break (11h00)


Round table  (11h10- 12h00)

MEPs Nicola Caputo, Eric Andrieu, Pavel Poc, Jytte Guteland, Marco Affronte, French Senator Joel Labbe, Klaus Berend - DG SANTE, Fabio Taffetani - PAN Italia, Vittorio Veronelli - IBMA, Municipality of Bolzano, Municipality of Zagreb, Municipality of Lozzolo, Municipality of Pratola Peligna, Municipality of Occhiobello, Municipality of Belluno, Municipality of Limana, Municipality of Limatola, Municipality of Loro Ciuffenna, Municipality of Valfabbrica, Municipality of Estrela, Municipality of Rocca di Papa, Claudio Serafini - Organic Cities Network Europe, Julien Ruelle - Bruxelles Environnement, Ivan Stomeo - Borghi Autentici d’Italia, Salvatore Basile - Bio Distretto Cilento, Members of the Committee of Regions, Mario Catizzone - Angeli del Suolo, M. Pia Terrosi - Cambia la terra.


See also the website



© Pesticide Action Network Europe (PAN Europe), Rue de la Pacification 67, 1000, Brussels, Belgium, Tel. +32 2 318 62 55

Pesticide Action Network Europe (PAN Europe) gratefully acknowledges the financial support from the European Union, European Commission, DG Environment, LIFE programme. Sole responsibility for this publication lies with the authors and the funders are not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained herein.