Pesticides


New RAC assessment on the risks of glyphosate

On May 30th, The Risk Evaluation Committee (RAC) from ECHA published the conclusions of its assessment on the various risks of glyphosate. Based on hundreds of feedbacks from various stakeholders and scientific evidence, ECHA assessed the properties of glyphosate against the requirements of the Classification, Labeling and Packaging regulation. As of 2017, The European Chemicals […]


New report reveals EU’s failure to reduce use of most dangerous pesticides

Pesticide Action Network Europe (PAN Europe) just released a new report highlighting that the European Union (EU) is alarmingly going in the wrong direction regarding pesticides use. This report clearly shows that European citizens are facing increasing exposure to pesticides, despite authorities claiming the contrary. PAN Europe’s report demonstrates that, between 2011 and 2019, both the […]


Recent call to reform the pesticides evaluation system.

In a recent video, MEP Eric Andrieu, points out the shortcomings in the current pesticide evaluation system. Highlighting that the current situation induces a great health risk, whether for farmers or the final consumer who ends up ingesting these pesticides, Andrieu notably underlines: The questionable reliability of toxicity assessment. The fact that EFSA does not […]


Emmanuel Macron unveils the priorities of the French EU Presidency

French president Emmanuel Macron held a press on conference on December 9th to unveil France’s programme for the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union, which will start on January 1st, 2022. The President exposed France’s 3 axes for the presidency, encapsulated in the motto  “Relance, Puissance, Appartenance” (“Recovery, power, belonging” in English). Calling for a […]


New French study on heavy metal exposure in adults and children

On July 1st, 2021 an epidemiological study on heavy metal impregnation in adults and children was released by the French National Public Health Agency. The study – the first of its kind to measure exposure levels in children aged 6 to 17- has shown that almost 100% of both population groups were continually exposed to 27 heavy […]


Provisional agreement reached on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy

On June 25th, 2021, a deal was finally found between the European Commission, the European Parliament and the EU Council on the reform of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).  The reform, which took 3 years to achieve, outlines how the €387 billion budget is to be spent for the 2021-2027 period.  While seeking to […]


Renewal of approval of glyphosate in 2022 : The Assessment Group on Glyphosate releases its draft assessment

In May 2019, the European Commission appointed France, Hungary, The Netherlands and Sweden to act as rapporteur Member States for the next assessment on glyphosate.  Glyphosate is a chemical widely-used in Plant Protection Products (PPPs) to act as a broad-spectrum herbicide. Given the known toxicity of such chemicals, the EU Pesticides Legislation imposes the issuing of […]


Bulgaria: Pesticide with EU-banned substance still widely used in Bulgarian agriculture

The investigative journalist Valia Ahchieva published a video showing a sad reality in Bulgaria: The Mocap, a plant protection product containing an ingredient banned by the EU is not only used, but subsidised by the Bulgarian Ministry of Agriculture. The ethoprophos contained in this “Mocap” is a highly toxic substance and is used in potatoes […]


European Ombudsman asks Commission to increase transparency in the approval process for pesticides

In a recently published decision, the EU Ombudsman has raised concerns regarding the current procedure for the approval of active substances in pesticides by the Commission. The procedure is criticised for two main issues. First, the Ombudsman questions the Commission’s practice of approving active substances which had been identified either no safe use or critical […]


European Commission publishes its chemicals strategy

The EC published its new Chemicals Strategy on the 14th October (read it here). The EU chemicals strategy aims to address the cumulative and combined effects of chemicals, including pesticides, stressing a need to accelerate work on methodologies that ensure existing provisions can be fully implemented. It is intended as a first step towards a zero […]