The 'Sustainable Use of Pesticide Regulation' - Navigating the path to a greener EU
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In June 2022, the European Commission adopted proposals for a new Regulation on the Sustainable Use of Plant Protection Products, which includes the new Sustainable Use of Pesticide Regulation (SUR). This SUR regulation could be the first step towards an effective and coherent pesticide reduction policy in the EU.
The regulation involves EU-wide targets to reduce by 50% the use and risk of chemical pesticides by 2030, in line with the EU’s Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies. New measures will ensure that all farmers and other professional pesticide users practice Integrated Pest Management (IPM). This is an environmentally friendly system of pest control which focuses on pest prevention and prioritises alternative pest control methods, with chemical pesticides only used as a last resort.
However, these plans have not been popular among some Member States, who officially requested a further impact assessment from the European Commission on 27 December. The Commission has to submit the necessary data at the latest six months after the request came into force. There are concerns that this could potentially delay or derail moving ahead with the regulation’s ambitions.
In contrast, a recent European Parliament report pushes to increase the Commission’s 50% reduction target to 80% by 2030 for “the use of more hazardous plant protection products”. This would move the legislation closer to the demands of a recent citizens’ initiative, ‘Save bees and farmers’, which had called to aim for a general reduction of synthetic pesticides by 80%.
Join this EURACTIV Virtual Conference to discuss the proposals for a new Regulation on the Sustainable Use of Plant Protection Products.
-Are these proposals comprehensive enough to reduce the bloc’s environmental footprint?
-Is a 50% reduction in the use and risk of pesticides a feasible target for Member States to achieve?
Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.
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Michèle Rivasi MEP
Member SANT Subcommittee, European Parliament
President, The EU’s young farmers association (CEJA)
Paula De Vera
Senior Policy Advisor, COPA-COGECA
Dr Martin Dermine
Executive Director, Pesticide Action Network
Executive Director, International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association
09:30 – 09:35 Welcome
09:35 – 09:50 Panellist statements
09:50 – 10:40 Discussion and Q&A
10:40 – 10:45 Closing statements
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Agriculture stakeholders have stressed the need for more independent consulting and training for farmers, which they say is needed to help reduce pesticide use and break the influence of 'big industry' cooperatives that sell products to farmers.