14 JUNE, NEW REVOLUTIONARY REGULATION ENTERS IN FORCE ………but will Europe abandon its bad old habits?

Brussels

Today, the new pesticide Regulation 1007/2009 enters in force. This marks the beginning of the new revolutionary system in which ‘cut-off’ criteria will be used in pesticide authorisation for the very first time. Up to now EU Commission used traditional risk assessment and was not able to ban a pesticide if industry resisted. Numerous theoretical calculations and non-science based assumptions were allowed to grant market access of very dangerous pesticides like Chlorpyrifos, Carbendazim, Amitrole, Linuron and Mancozeb. EU Regulation up to now wasn’t very effective and pesticides stayed one of the main causes of biodiversity loss as research of 12 European institutes shows (Geiger, 2010 ).
A full transition to effective protecting measures needs to be made from 14 June on.

PAN Europe today send a letter to Health Commissioner Dalli to encourage him to make the required radical change in pesticide approval. PAN asks Mr. Dalli to take the lead and instruct regulators to let go old dogma’s and habits and return to a science-based approach. The rusted traditions practised for decades might not disappear easily. And attention is needed, because there are several signs EU institutions already resist to the policy change adopted by Parliament and Council:

Hans Muilerman of PAN Europe states: “Mr. Dalli should involve independent scientists to completely restructure the evaluation system to make a return possible to a science-based system, effectively protecting people and the environment from dangerous pesticides”.

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Background notes:

Geiger et al (2010). Persistent negative effects of pesticides on biodiversity and biological control potential on European farmland

Letter to Mr. Dalli

For further information please contact:

Hans Muilerman, PAN Europe, hans [at] pan-europe.info,Tel: +31 (0)6-55807255

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