PAN Europe has published today its position paper proposing how the European Commission’s legislative proposals on the New Delivery Model of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) should be changed to deliver on reducing EU’s dependency on pesticides.
Members of the European Parliament and European mayors who have gathered today at the European Parliament for a roundtable to discuss European policies, local strategies and future perspectives for pesticide free towns have signed a joint declaration calling on the European Institutions for a total ban on non-agricultural uses of pesticide.
The urgent need to improve the European Pesticide Regulation and its implementation, highlights the European Parliament in its draft report published today. The effectiveness of Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 to protect human, animal and environmental health from pesticides, requires changes in the whole pesticide approval procedure: from the industry’s application to get a pesticide active substance authorised, to the sale and use of the product containing the substance in EU countries.
As discussions about a European Commission proposal on the transparency of EU food safety data are underway in both the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union, organisers of the #StopGlyphosate European Citizens’ Initiative today warned that to live up to its promising objectives, the proposal must be amended.
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Food Authority EFSA published this week its pesticide residue monitoring report (data for 2016) on the level of contamination of vegetables and fruit in European food outlets. The percentage of multiple residues in consumed European vegetables and fruit increased again to the extreme high rate of 30,1 % as the graph below shows. Almost 1 in 3 of all fruit/vegetable-products sold in Europe contain more than one pesticide contaminant.
The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Europe, Nature et Progrès Belgique, WeMove.EU and SumofUs today officially applied before the Court of Justice of the European Union for joining the legal challenge initiated by the Brussels Region against the European Commission over the decision to renew the authorisation licence for glyphosate, the world’s most-selling herbicide.
Europeans and the environment will continue to be exposed to pesticides that cause endocrine-related diseases to humans, animals and wildlife, according to this week’s Commission’s proposal. The proposal is an amendment to the regulation of Endocrine Disrupting (ED) pesticides (1107/2009, Annex II 3.6.5. and 3.8.2) to introduce the unrealistic and dangerous concept of ‘negligible risk’ and increase the presence of these harmful substances in our food by hundreds or thousand times.
Yesterday, EU Member States were asked for the second time to vote on the ban of malathion, diquat, thiram and pymetrozine in an appeal committee. The European Commission was obliged to have this second round of votes as too many Member States were opposing a ban on these highly toxic substances despite the negative opinions provided by the European Food Safety Authority. A second ‘no-opinion’ vote was obtained.
Working with nature and “many little hammers”: PAN Europe today has published an updated edition of its report on alternative to glyphosate as a contribution to the ongoing discussions among some Member States, led by France, on phasing out glyphosate and promoting alternatives.