Monitoring EU SUD compliance: PAN’s suggestions for better future auditing and implementation

Monitoring EU SUD compliance in Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands:

PAN’s suggestions for better future auditing and implementation

In 2017, the European Commission, the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety, and Directorate F for Health and Food Audit Analyses (HFAA), undertook six fact-finding missions to evaluate the implementation of the EU Directive on the Sustainable Use of Pesticides (SUD).

The 6 fact-finding reports relating to the visits in the Netherlands, Denmark and Germany, Italy, Sweden, Poland were prepared by HFAA and published after agreement with the national competent authorities (CA). They were released in late 2017 early 2018.

However, when reading though these six reports we conclude that:

1)The topics analysed and discussed with Member States were not the same in all six reports.

2)The conclusions in each report appear unrealistically positive in relation to the actual findings, as they minimize evident obstacles/difficulties.

3)The ‘good practices’ described in the reports are far from those which PAN Europe would have identified as good practices. As the SUD asked Member States to prepare National Action Plans (NAP) back in 2011, and to re-evaluate them after five years, the majority of Member States are currently re-evaluating and developing their NAPs.

This report could serve as an inspiration for this aim and give some guidance on how the EU could assist Member States in the future.

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