EU Ombudsman criticises EU commission unlawful approval of hundreds of hazardous pesticides

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Today, the EU Ombudsman released its final decision, criticising the European Commission´s methods in approving active substances used in pesticides. The EU watchdog also recalled the “commitment by the Von der Leyen Commission to take action to reduce by 50% the overall use of – and risk from – chemical pesticides by 2030”.

The decision follows a complaint filed to the EU Ombudsman by Pesticide Action Network Europe (PAN Europe) in 2013, denouncing unlawful approvals of active substances in pesticides by the European Commission’s Directorate responsible for public health and consumer safety (DG SANTE). 

“PAN Europe welcomes this long-awaited decision from the EU Ombudsman and demands the European Commission to get back on track with EU pesticide laws, and to make up for the lost time by embracing the Farm to Fork objective aimed at reducing by 50% the use of pesticides”, says Hans Muilerman, chemicals coordinator for PAN Europe.



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