March 2017

Civil Society Statement on the Reform of European Agricultural Policies

Good Food, Good Farming – Now!

We, the undersigned organisations, believe that the European food and farming system is broken: that it is working for the interests of a few to the de triment of the majority of people,
farmers, and the planet.

March 2017

Open letter: MEPs must support the Commission to ban pesticides on EFAs

Open letter: MEPs must support amendments proposed in the Commission Delegated Regulation 639/2014 to ban pesticides on EFAs.

Brussels, 1st March 2017

Dear Member of the European Parliament,

We the above organisations encourage you to say ‘yes’ to the European Commission proposal to ban pesticide use in Ecological Focus Areas (EFAs) and support the respective amendments to the delegated (EU) Regulation 639/2014, as proposed by the European Commission.

November 2016

Criteria on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals - EU Member States unprotected

Monday 14th of November 2016

To: Health, Environment and Agriculture Ministers


Dear Minister,

Ahead of the discussions on the criteria for endocrine disrupting chemicals in the Standing Committee of Food Animals Food and Feed on 18.11.2016 under the Pesticides 1107/2009 and Biocides 528/2012 Regulations, we would to like to share our concerns regarding the revised draft Commission proposal.

June 2016

EU Health Commissioner chooses to protect the industry profit rather than the Health of Europeans and the environment

Dear Minister,

The Health Directory for the European Commission has failed to fulfil its duty to produce scientific criteria for endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) that will protect the health of humans, animals and the environment from exposure to these chemicals.

June 2016

Phase out of the pesticide glyphosate

Dear Commission President Juncker,

Dear Health Commissioner Andriukaitis,

We – the thirty one signatories of European environmental, health, trade union, consumer protection and medical organisations – call on you to stop any further prolongation of the authorization of Glyphosate for the following reasons.

May 2016

Pan International letter to the JMPR for the assessment of glyphosate

Dear experts of the Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues,

We are writing to you on the behalf of Pesticide Action Network International, a global network of civil society organisations that work to replace hazardous pesticides with environmentally friendly alternatives[1]. With this letter we would like to express our concerns about the possible weaknesses of the regulatory assessment of glyphosate in relation to its carcinogenic potential that may be putting human health and the environment at risk.

April 2016

European NGOs call on the MEPs to support the plenary voting against glyphosate re-approval

Dear Member of the European Parliament,

On April 13th, you will vote on the Environment Committee’s objection to the Commission’s proposal to renew the EU license for glyphosate, the active ingredient in many widely used herbicides.

April 2016

Letter to Commissioner Andriukaitis on his request for the confidential industry studies for glyphosate

Dear Commissioner Andriukaitis,

We refer to your letter of 4 April 2016 to Richard P. Garnett of Monsanto Europe, Chairman of the Glyphosate Task Force, an industry consortium pressing for continued approval of glyphosate. In this letter you requested the full publication of confidential industry studies on the potential carcinogenicity of glyphosate, an active ingredient in many widely used herbicides.

March 2016

Letter calling national representatives on pesticides to vote against glyphosate re-approval in the EU

Dear Sir or Madam,

Last Tuesday, 8th of March, the Standing Committee on Plant Animal Food and Feed (PAFF) postponed the vote on the re-approval of glyphosate in the EU. Unable to reach a qualified majority voting (QMV), the European Commission (EC) asked the Member States to give their suggestions by 18th of March.

February 2016

Model Letter for national action against the renewal of glyphosate in EU

26 February 2016

Dear XXX

I am writing to you on behalf of XXX to express our concern about the possible re-approval of the controversial active substance glyphosate in Europe, used in herbicide products, for a period of fifteen years.

Last year, glyphosate was classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organisation (WHO), as a “probable human carcinogen”, following a thorough analysis performed by 17 independent experts using publicly available studies[1].

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