Join us for a roundtable webinar organised by Pesticide Action Network Europe (PAN Europe), the Child Rights International Network (CRIN) and the EDC-Free Europe campaign, with the support of Members of the European Parliament Sarah Wiener (Greens/EFA), Jytte Guteland (S&D) and Martin Hojsik (Renew Europe).

Wednesday 30th June 2021, 14:00 - 15:30 CET

Click here to watch the English recording of the webinar

Click here to download the presentation of the study "Year-round pesticide contamination of public sites near intensively managed agricultural areas in South Tyrol" from co-author Mr. Koen Hertoge, PAN-Europe

Click here to download the presentation from Mr. Peter Bergkvist, KEMI - Swedish Chemicals Agency

Click here to download the presentation from Mrs. Isabelle Kolebinow, CRIN - Children Rights International Network

Results of testing campaigns give clear evidence of the recurrent presence of pesticides in public areas, such as children’s playgrounds where highly vulnerable groups are exposed regularly. Some EU countries and local authorities are already taking initiative to reduce exposure. But to truly protect the health of all European citizens against endocrine disrupting chemicals, the problem needs to be addressed in forthcoming revisions of EU legislation.

In this roundtable we will discuss opportunities to shield health and the environment from harmful pesticides arising with the new EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child, and how the European Union can use the forthcoming revision of the Sustainable Use Directive and commitments of the Farm to Fork Strategy to ensure effective protection against exposure.

About the programme:  

  • Introductory remarks by the hosting Members of European Parliament. 
  • Presentations: 

Study “Children playground contaminated with pesticides all year round in Southern Tyrol" - Mr. Koen Hertoge, PAN Europe.

Pesticides and vulnerable groups exposure, a breach of children's rights to a safe & healthy environment - Mr. Baskut Tuncak, former UN Special Rapporteur on toxics and human rights

European Commission: EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child: health and chemical exposure - Mrs Iris Abraham, Cabinet of Mrs. Dubravka Šuica - Vice-President for Demography and Democracy.

Sweden: Use of plant protection products banned in sensitive areas - Mr. Peter Bergkvist, KEMI, Swedish Chemicals Agency. 

Mr. Andrej Kovarik – Plenipotentiary for Greenery and the Environment, City of Bratislava.

  • Round table discussion: Priority changes required in EU legislation and its implementation – moderation by Mr. François Veillerette, PAN Europe President.

The webinar will be recorded and made available after the event. The roundtable discussion will be held in English, with German interpretation option available thanks to the support of The Greens/EFA.  

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