May 2017

Comments ahead of Pesticides Committee of 17-18th May

EDCs & Neonics - letter

Brussels, 16th May 2017

Dear Members of the Standing Committee on Plants Animals Food and Feed,

Ahead of the meeting of SCOPAFF on 17th and 18th of May 2017, section Phytopharmaceuticals - Plant Protection Products – Legislation, we would like to share with you our comments on following points of the agenda:

March 2017

CSOs Open Letter to the European Commission on agri-business mergers

Brussels, 27 March 2017

We, the undersigned organisations, call on the European Commission to reject the impending mergers of the world’s biggest agrochemical and seed companies.

In an already concentrated market, the world’s largest agri-business companies are proposing mergers – of Dow Chemical with DuPont, Monsanto with Bayer AG, and Syngenta with ChemChina. These mergers would exacerbate the problems caused by industrial farming – with negative consequences for the public, farmers and farm workers, consumers, the environment, and food security.

March 2017

Open Letter to DG Sante on the Implementation of the Sustainable Use Directive on Pesticides

Re: Open letter on implementation of the Sustainable Use Directive on pesticides

Brussels, 21 March 2017

Dear Mrs Colombo, Dr Mr Miko

March 2017

NGO Open letter on lobby transparency

Dear Vice President Guillaume, Dear Ms Hübner,

Inter-institutional negotiations on EU lobby transparency

As the negotiations between the European Parliament, the Commission and the Council on a revised
lobby transparency register will shortly get underway, we hope that the European Parliament will
stand firm as both an advocate for strong lobby transparency, and also as an advocate for a fully
transparent and open negotiating process which champions the public interest.

March 2017

Open letter on the independence and transparency of ECHA’s Risk Assessment Committee

6 March 2017
Mr Geert Dancet                     
Executive Director
European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)

Dear Mr Dancet,

On 8 and 15 March, the European Chemicals Agency’s Risk Assessment Committee (RAC) will discuss the hazard classification of Europe’s most heavily used weedkiller, glyphosate. We are writing to expressour concerns in relation to the independence and transparency of this Committee.

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.

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