Commission slammed for failing to cut pesticides

The European Commission’s efforts to monitor and reduce the risks resulting from pesticide use are too vague, the European Court of Auditors warned on Wednesday in a report that also signalled that several member states were late in transposing legislation.

The EU executive “has been unable so far to substantially reduce and control risks associated with pesticide use by farmers,” said ECA member Samo Jereb.

The forthcoming biodiversity strategy needs to develop a framework with EU-wide targets, alongside “actions and monitoring for those measures to be implemented and obtain results”, an ECA member told reporters in Brussels.

On Tuesday, a draft Biodiversity Strategy draft revealed that the commission could propose a 50% reduction in pesticide use by 2030. But environmental groups such as Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Europe have called for a reduction of 80% by 2030, and for a full pesticide phase-out by 2035.

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