Press releases

October 18, 2022 - 09:54

While tension is rising amongst EU Member States on new pesticide reduction targets, the new ‘Pesticide Atlas 2022’ [1] released today by the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Friends of the Earth Europe and PAN Europe shows that the amount of pesticides used worldwide has increased by 80 percent since 1990, causing harm to the health of farmers, consumers and nature alike.

October 13, 2022 - 07:30

On 13th or 14 of October, EU Member States will discuss to extend the authorization of glyphosate for an extra year during this week SCoPAFF meeting[1]. PAN Europe is outraged. There is more than enough new scientific evidence to expose the unacceptable risk of current glyphosate use to human health and to the environment, This should be enough for EFSA and the responsible Member State Authorities to ban glyphosate right away.

October 10, 2022 - 13:00

The European Citizens Initiative (ECI) Save Bees and Farmers has passed the 1 million valid signatures milestone. The certificates of 27 EU member states have been accepted and the European Commission has declared the ECI successful. This success marks a very clear and loud wish by EU citizens to strongly reduce pesticide use. The initiative’s 1,1 million citizens demand a phase out of synthetic pesticides and a restoration of nature in agricultural areas.

October 4, 2022 - 09:17

Pesticides are detected in playgrounds and schoolyards, despite measures taken by local authorities in the Italian province of Bolzano-South Tyrol. A new study reveals that the pesticide reduction measures proposed by the EU Commission are too weak.  The results show that it is important to impose more stringent buffer zones.

September 27, 2022 - 07:55

On the 60th anniversary of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, the book that helped trigger the modern environmental movement, pesticide contamination is higher than ever. This is also due to a failure of EU pesticide policies. A new PAN Europe report reveals a 100% failure rate of an EU law to ban the most harmful pesticides because officials follow rules created by industry.

September 26, 2022 - 08:28

On the 27th of September 1962, Rachel Carson published her famous book ‘Silent Spring’. She gave the world an important warning. But did we listen?

September 13, 2022 - 13:52

September 27 marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of the famous book ‘Silent Spring’ by Rachel Carson. She gave the world an important warning in 1962. It led to the very necessary ban of DDT and other highly toxic chemicals. But the system didn’t change. New pesticides were introduced, toxic business went on as usual and the use went up. Pesticide reduction is a myth so far, the worldwide sales are higher than ever. The EU has not reduced pesticide use since 1990 and is the world’s leading pesticide exporter.

September 12, 2022 - 09:53

An opinion[1] from the Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the EU advises the Court to define, in a restrictive way, the possibility for Member States to provide pesticide derogations. If followed by the Court, this Opinion would lead to a dramatic reduction in derogations and better protection of citizens' health and the environment. The advice comes in the frame of to legal proceedings initiated by PAN Europe and Nature et Progrès Belgique on pesticide derogations[2].

September 1, 2022 - 14:32

PAN Europe has submitted a formal complaint to the Court of Justice of the EU. With the support of the NGO Sum Of Us, PAN Europe challenges the fact that the European Commission did not follow the conclusions of its scientific agency (EFSA) to ban this insecticide. Endocrine disruption, genotoxicity and extreme toxicity to aquatic life and bees were among the numerous issues highlighted by the EFSA. A considerable amount of data gaps prevented the agency from finalizing the risk assessment of the substance.

July 13, 2022 - 11:14

A new proposal by the European Commission will not solve the problems with pesticide co-formulants. Co-formulants are substances that make pesticide active ingredients efficient. Many studies show that these substances are toxic. The Commission proposal does not ensure compliance with the EU pesticide regulation (EU) 1107/2009. It fails to impose the toxicity criteria demanded by the law. With the Commission's proposal, citizens' health and the environment will remain unprotected against these "unknown" chemicals.

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