Press releases

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

New Europe-wide campaign launches to ban pesticides and transform agriculture in Europe


Brussels, Wednesday 31 July – A new campaign has been launched today to stop the collapse of nature and to save rural livelihoods in the EU.

Civil society organisations from across the EU have submitted a proposal to the European Commission for a European Citizens Initiative (ECI) calling for new legislation to phase out pesticides, restore biodiversity and support farmers to transform our food and farming system. [1]

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Brussels, 18 July 2019


How agrobusiness and Member States join forces to maintain bee-toxic pesticides on the market


Thursday, July 4, 2019

Brussels, 4 July 2019


Pesticide cocktails in European Food

Over a quarter of the food consumed in Europe contains residues of two or more pesticides, according to the annual report published by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). For certain foods the situation is much worse: more than 60% of the popular summer fruits tested (currants, sweet cherries, strawberries and bananas) come with pesticide “cocktails”.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Top EU officials fought for higher pesticide exposure - secret documents show

Health officials protected use of 32 dangerous pesticides

9 May 2019, Brussels - Newly released European Commission documents reveal a fight to cripple important European pesticide protections.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Brussels 2 May 2019

On 7th May in Berlin a gathering of leading scientists in toxicology and pesticides will come together to review the important recent research from Brazilian scientists and make connections between the commercial European export of chemicals banned in Europe due to health risk and their use in record levels in Brazilian food, grain and energy production.  

Friday, April 19, 2019

Press Communication

Brussels, 18/04/2019

Parliament urges the Commission to take regulatory action on EDCs without delay

Today, PAN Europe and the civil society[1] applaud the European Parliament for standing by the European citizens and adopting a resolution that addresses a long-known concern: daily exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) may cause harm to ourselves, our children, the environment and all its species.

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Friday, March 22, 2019

A world’s water day worthy of its name: Protecting our waters from pesticides

Water is essential for life. Yet, intensive agricultural practices release tons of pesticides into our water resources every year putting the aquatic environment and all life that depends upon it at great risk. The fact that just 40% of the water tested in Europe is in ‘good ecological status’, is a disgrace.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Today marks the first day of “Pesticide Action Week” (1), a ten-day celebration of activities for a pesticide-free world. On this day, Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Europe urges EU Member States and the European Commission to take the first step and ban all non-agricultural uses of pesticides.

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