Press releases

November 30, 2021 - 08:14

Today, the EFSA is holding a meeting to expose its methodology on the assessment of 17 derogations provided by 11 Member States for the use of neonicotinoids on sugar beets in 2020 and 2021. Pollinis and PAN Europe will boycott the event as they consider the EFSA has consciously carried out a non-scientific piece of work, far from the ‘scientific excellence’ it promotes.

November 29, 2021 - 12:22

January 2022 onwards, France will have a decisive capacity to take concrete actions to address EU-wide the use of pesticides and other chemical pollutants. NGOs, therefore, call on France to make impactful use of this 6-month leadership.

November 18, 2021 - 14:37

Today, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published its assessment of derogations[1] provided by EU Member States for the use of neonicotinoid insecticides on sugar beet in 2020. The EFSA has green lit all 17 derogations. The agency has once more done a very poor job and has confirmed its limitations in terms of scientific expertise.

November 10, 2021 - 11:33

DG Sante is proposing a new approach to define the level of protection of nature against pesticides: the Specific Protection Goals (SPG) for Ecosystem Services. This approach is supported by the chemical industry and, in particular, by professor Maltby (UK)[1]. Without any request for Pr. Maltby’s declaration of interest, DG Sante invited her as the main independent expert in a workshop dedicated to SPGs. Ms.

November 10, 2021 - 11:26

EU Member States have voted last week for the re-approval of flumioxazin and cypermethrin, two endocrine disrupting and bee-toxic pesticides. This re-approval is in total contradiction with the European Green Deal that reinforced the precautionary principle, biodiversity protection, and the will of the Commission to phase out endocrine disruptors. PAN Europe considers going to court.

October 15, 2021 - 09:42

On 21 and 22 October, the national representatives of the PAFF committee are invited to vote on the renewal of two active substances with well-known disruptive properties (Cypermethrin) or highly suspected (Flumioxazin).

Salome Roynel, campaigner at PAN Europe said, “These two substances clearly do not meet the approval criteria to remain on the European market. With these two proposals, DG SANTE is flouting both its legal and political commitments.”

October 6, 2021 - 09:28

During a meeting[1] on the impact assessment linked to the revision of the Sustainable Use of Pesticides Directive (SUD), the consultant has disclosed the different options, as proposed by DG Sante. The obvious lack of ambition is in complete contradiction with the objectives of the Farm-to-Fork and the Biodiversity Strategies. The approach taken will prevent the objective of 50% cut in pesticides by 2030 from becoming a reality.

September 30, 2021 - 11:06

Jointly with over 200 organisations across Europe, PAN Europe is preparing to celebrate the success of the second anti-pesticides European Citizens Initiative (ECI), having collected over 1 million signatures from across Europe. If this ECI is validated by the European Commission, both the European Commission and the European Parliament will have to respond to the demands of the citizens for a synthetic pesticide-free and bee-friendly agriculture.

September 27, 2021 - 11:19

The EU Pollinator Week starting today is a perfect occasion to garner more support for the ‘Save Bees and Farmers’ European Citizens’ Initiative that has four more days to reach its target of 1 million signatures.

The timely and ambitious European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) ‘Save Bees and Farmers’ is going strong with over 970 000 signatures so far. However, for the initiative to be successful more signatures are still required with only four days to go.

September 21, 2021 - 09:12

Pesticides sprayed in rural areas make their way to citizens’ bedrooms.

A study[1] initiated by the European Citizens Initiative (ECI) Save Bees and Farmers[2] has found that throughout the EU, bedroom dust from rural areas contains significant numbers of pesticide residues.

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