Following weeks of heavy handed lobbying from the pesticides industry, and amid a lack of consensus among Member States, the European Commission this afternoon came out fighting for better EU pesticides legislation.
Pesticide Action Network Europe, together with NGOs from Austria, France and Germany, has uncovered substantial evidence that wines on sale in the European Union may contain residues of a large number of pesticides.
Yesterday's vote in the European Parliament on key legislation to determine which pesticides are sold in the EU and how they are used, shows that MEPs are struggling with heavy pressure from industry, believe health and environmental groups.
Brussels 10th October 2007 - Today in the European Parliament, Brussels, the Pesticide Action Network Europe (PAN-E) and Friends of the Earth Netherlands (Milieudefensie) will present the shocking findings of an analysis into pesticides found on fruit purchased within the Parliament building.
The European Parliament's Environment Committee this morning voted in favour of a more precautionary approach for the system that regulates the sale of pesticides in the EU.
The Environment Committee today voted for an improvement on the proposed Thematic Strategy and Framework Directive on the Sustainable Use of Pesticides.
As the debate progresses over a proposed Directive(1) determining which polluting chemicals should be limited in Europe's water, the European Parliament today voted to increase the number, but yielded on several far-reaching exemptions under pressure from industry.
Environment and health NGOs are concerned that in their plenary vote(1) tomorrow, MEPs will probably reconfirm the weak cross-party compromise previously reached in the Environment Committee, which aims to improve the Commission's weak proposal for a Directive on priority substances and environmental quality standards for water.
During the Third Conference of Parties to the Stockholm Convention this week in Dakar Senegal, Director of the World Health Organization Office on Public Health and Environment Dr Maria Neira stated categorically that WHO strongly supports the Stockholm Convention, and is committed to reducing reliance on DDT in malaria control.
Pesticide Action Network applauds move toward prior informed consent requirement for trade of toxic pesticide endosulfan.