PAN Europe’s position on the ongoing public consultation on the ‘Sustainable use of pesticides – revision of the EU rules’

The consultation claims that ‘The preliminary results of the evaluation will be used to establish the baseline situation for the impact assessment, refine the problem definition and the policy options and feed into their analysis.’ In the roadmap to the Farm to Fork Strategy, it emerges that this initiative will be concluded in Q1 of 2022.

Against this backdrop, Pesticide Action Network Europe (PAN Europe) and its members wonder why the European Commission is considering to make an impact assessment.

The Better Regulation Guidelines from the Commission allow it not to conduct an impact assessment in case of any “political imperative to move ahead quickly”; moreover, the immediate actions required to meet the objective of a 50% reduction of pesticide use by 2030 of the Green Deal means that the European Commission is not obliged to carry out an impact assessment.


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