Strong opposition by Member States and environmental and health NGOs caused the European Commission yesterday to give in and apply more precaution in authorising highly toxic pesticides.
Tomorrow, dozens of Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) representatives from all regions in Europe will gather in a conference to demand national Governments, European Institutions and private companies a stronger commitment towards the reduction of pesticide use in Europe.
After a year's delay, the European Commission today adopted its 'Thematic Strategy on the Sustainable Use of Pesticides', with a proposal to revise the EU pesticides market authorisation rules. It also issued a proposal for a Framework Directive on the Sustainable Use of Pesticides.
European Union Commissioners must tomorrow choose between protecting citizens' health or knuckling under to a coalition of powerful pesticide producers.
Within the next ten days the European Commission is seeking approval by the Member States to authorise a number of dangerous pesticides(1) for use within Europe - several of which are mutagenic, hormone disrupting or toxic to reproduction.
Environmental Groups and Trade Unions Mount Legal Challenge to European Commission Approval of Toxic Herbicide Paraquat.
Today the Pesticides Action Network (PAN) Europe and the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) hold an international conference in Copenhagen on 'Reducing pesticide dependency in Europe to protect health, environment and biodiversity'.
The EU failed to ban Paraquat, one of the most dangerous and controversial herbicides in the world.