April 2023

Call for a swift ban of the active substance s-metolachlor

Dear Commissioner Kyriakides,

March 2023

Request to suspend the approval’s discussions on the herbicide Asulam sodium until EFSA’s assessment protocol is aligned with regulation and science

Dear Commissioner Kyriakides,

We would like to ask you to employ your political leadership to ensure the Commission does not give in to current pressure to see approved a pesticide’s substance found harmful to human health (so-called “cut off substances”). As things stand, this approval would run against Regulation (EU) 1107/2009, Directive (EU) 2009/128, and the EU political commitments made in the context of the EU Green Deal. 

March 2023

Negative effects on biodiversity not taken into account (Part 1)

Dear Mr. Url,

With this letter we like to make you aware of new research[1] that  demonstrates that pesticides are widely present in feed for dairy cows and that a number of these pesticides are transferred to manure.

March 2023

Stop blocking the SUR and enter into constructive negotiations!

Dear Chairman of the AGRI Committee, Norbert Lins,

March 2023

Letter of support for MEP Sarah Wiener’s draft report on the proposal for a regulation on the sustainable use of plant protection products

 Dear Members of the European Parliament,

We are writing on behalf of 69 organisations across Europe in view of the next ENVI Committee meeting on 2 March, when MEP Sarah Wiener will present the draft report on the European Commission proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Sustainable Use of Plant Protection Products (SUR) and amending Regulation (EU) 2021/2115.

February 2023

Open Letter to Commissioner Kyriakides Derogations ruling, 1 month later

Dear Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides,

We, the undersigned NGOs, have in the past years repeatedly drawn your attention and that of Member States, to so-called emergency authorisations of banned pesticides in some Member States which were not carried out in accordance with the provisions of Article 53 of the Pesticide Regulation (EU) 1107/2009. We have also appealed against these authorisations.

February 2023

Joint open letter on the need for a strong proposal on an EU legislative framework for sustainable food systems.

Dear President von der Leyen,

Cc: Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans, Commissioners Stella Kyriakides, Janusz Wojciechowski and Virginijus Sinkevičius

We, the undersigned organisations, are writing to urge you to ensure that a strong proposal for an EU legislative framework for sustainable food systems is presented by September 2023.

February 2023

Letter to Finland to stop use of neonicotinoids-treated seeds

Dear Minister Kurvinen,

We are writing to you regarding the emergency authorizations for the use of Thiamethoxam, an active substance very toxic to bees and other pollinators, used in sugar beet seeds’ coating, which is now subjected to an immediate ban.

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.

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