January 2023

Letter to European Commission on EU Court pesticide derogations ruling

Dear Commissioner,

In a preliminary ruling (case C-162/21) recently published, the Court of Justice of the EU has clarified a certain number of boundaries, with regards to the use of article 53 of the pesticide regulation (EU) 1107/2009. The Court ruling imposes a series of changes both at Commission and at Member States levels.

January 2023

Décision de la CJUE interdisant les dérogations de pesticides à base de substances actives interdites au niveau UE

Monsieur le Ministre Clarinval,

Le 19 janvier[1] dernier, la Cour de Justice de l’Union européenne (CJUE) a rendu un arrêt confirmant l’illégalité des dérogations octroyées par la Belgique de 2019 à 2021 à trois insecticides néonicotinoïdes[2] expressément interdits en plein champs dans l’Union européenne en raison des risques graves encourus par les abeilles.

January 2023

Letter by EU Commissioner Stella Kyriakides re. NGOs letter on glyphosate

Dear Mr Dermine,

Thank you for the letter of 14 December 2022, submitted on behalf of 28 environmental and health related non-governmental organisations, in which you call for an immediate ban of glyphosate in the EU due to concerns about its impact on health and on the environment and stress that the concern of citizens must be listened to.

December 2022

Take the side of European people and ban glyphosate

Dear Commissioner Kyriakides,

We, the undersigned 28 environmental and health groups, urge  you to immediately ban glyphosate from the European market on the basis of the overwhelming amount of scientific evidence showing that glyphosate, and glyphosate-based products, likely cause serious diseases to humans and are toxic for the environment and its species.

December 2022

New research shows a safe toxin dose for the unborn does not exist

Dear Ms Kyriakides,

New research by Gregor Kasprian et al.1 reveals that consumption of alcohol even in low to moderate amounts during pregnancy can change the baby’s brain structure and delay brain development. Fetal MRI scans were made of 24 fetuses with a known alcohol exposure. Seventeen out of the 24 mothers drank less than one alcoholic drink per week and still harm could be observed in the fetuses.

December 2022

Joint Statement: NGOs AND Trade Unions demand the end of EU’s export of banned pesticides and other hazardous chemicals

Exports of banned hazardous chemicals: time to put an end to double standards

1. Hazardous chemicals, banned at a domestic level in order to protect human health and the environment, are currently produced and exported by EU countriesto third countries where regulations are generally weaker.

November 2022

Insecticides contaminated with PFAS

Dear Ms. Kyriakides,

November 2022

Calling upon Member States to oppose the European Commission’s proposal extension of the approval period of the active substance glyphosate

Dear Members of the Appeal Committee,

November 2022

29 NGOs, the European organic movement, beekeepers and IBMA (biocontrol manufacturers) call on the Parliament and the Council to support the Commission’s proposal on the SUR despite attacks to weaken it and delay its adoption

We, the undersigned organisations, strongly condemn the attacks to weaken the ambition of the proposal for a Sustainable Use of Plant Protection Products Regulation (SUR) and to delay its adoption. This piece of legislation is crucial to implement the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies, as well as the Zero Pollution Action Plan, and is therefore key to delivering on the objectives of the Green Deal.

November 2022

Joint contribution to the public consultation of the European Commission entitled “Plant protection products - records to be kept by professional users”

16 organisations across Europe including environmental and health associations call on the national governments represented in the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (PAFF committee) to vote in favour of the adoption of this Implementing Regulation (version submitted to the public consultation) at the next meeting scheduled in December 2022.

© Pesticide Action Network Europe (PAN Europe), Rue de la Pacification 67, 1000, Brussels, Belgium, Tel. +32 2 318 62 55

Pesticide Action Network Europe (PAN Europe) gratefully acknowledges the financial support from the European Union, European Commission, DG Environment, LIFE programme. Sole responsibility for this publication lies with the authors and the funders are not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained herein.