First Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans
Health & Food Saftey Commissioner Stella Kyriakides
Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski
Environment, Oceans & Fisheries Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius
Subject: Prohibiting the export of banned pesticides and the import of food produced with these
Dear First Executive Vice President,
We, the undersigned civil society organisations, are writing to ask you to prohibit not only the export
of hazardous pesticides that are banned in the EU, but also the import of food and agricultural goods
produced with such pesticides outside the EU.
Export of banned pesticides
In July this year, 36 United Nations human rights experts issued a statement calling on the EU and
other wealthy nations to end the “deplorable” practice of exporting banned toxic chemicals,
including pesticides, to poorer countries with weaker regulations.
An in-depth investigation has shown that, in 2018 alone, EU member states approved the export of
more than 81,000 tonnes of pesticides containing 41 hazardous chemicals that have been banned
for agricultural use in the EU, in order to protect human health and/or the environment.
Most exports of these hazardous pesticides went to low- and middle-income countries, which lack
the capacity to control the substances’ risks throughout their life cycle, and where they result in
widespread human rights violations and devastating impacts on human health, biodiversity,
ecosystems and the environment.
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