28 November 2016 – Happy birthday! But, again, no gift!! The European Commission is two years late in delivering a simple report, failing to ensure implementation of the Sustainable Use Directive on Pesticides.
PAN Europe Supports the European Citizens Initiative #People4Soil
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 5th, 2016
In observation of World Soil Day, today December 5th, 2016, Pesticide Action Network Europe (PAN Europe) stands in solidarity with the #People4Soil campaign and 430 other organisations to extend important protections to our soil.
2 December 2016: Open debate at the EP on the Commission's upcoming proposal to ban pesticide use in ecological focus areas
Pesticide Action Network Europe (PAN Europe) has welcomed the European Commission's intention to proceed with its proposal to ban the use of pesticides in productive Ecological Focus Areas (EFA) as soon as possible and in time for the 2017/18 planting season at the latest. The proposal is being made in the context of the simplification of the 2013 CAP reform based on experience to date.
Brussels, 15 November 2016
Another inconvenient truth: pesticides companies flood EU institutions paying millions of euros in lobbying
The draft legal act proposed last June by EU Commission on the criteria to identify endocrine disrupting pesticides/biocides has generated so far little support by EU Member States in the Commission’s Standing Committee meetings. The Commission now has no choice but to radically change their draft in order to find a (qualified) majority among Member States in the next meeting.
Today, 26th October 2016, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published its annual report on pesticide residues found in food in the EU member states. Year after year, the proportion of food without detectable residues is decreasing while the proportion of food that contains residues from multiple pesticides is increasing... Gooseberries, currants and strawberries are among the favourite fruits of children. Having a fresh orange or grape fruit juice is seen as a healthy habit.
In a “state of the science” review released today, PAN International presents a large body of research documenting the adverse human health and environmental impacts of glyphosate and glyphosate-based herbicides and underscores the need for a global phase-out. Environmental and health advocates say the monograph on the world’s most widely used herbicide, commonly known by its original trade name Roundup, should serve as a wake up call for regulators, governments and users around the world.
NO pesticides in Ecological Focus Areas: It is as SIMPLE, and clear, as that! Not for 18 EU Member States though…
Today the Agricultural Council will be discussing measures to streamline or simplify the CAP greening payments. 18 member States oppose the European Commission’s proposal to ban use of pesticides in the Ecological Focus Areas.
PAN Europe just won a legal case at the European Court of Justice against the EU Commission (DG Trade), for refusing to provide access to documents with information on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). Finally, a breath of fresh air for European democracy!
EFSA additionally thinks that due to the growing resistance of weeds against herbicides, for every crop in the EU, a range of herbicides need to be available with a different working spectrum. In some cases even 4 different classes of herbicides. This means that if three classes of herbicides are available for a given crop, the derogation still can be applied for the classified herbicide as the number 4 herbicide.