On 22 November 2023, the European Parliament voted on the amendments to the proposal for a Sustainable Use of Pesticides Regulation (SUR). This vote resulted in the deletion of the majority of key measures outlined in the draft law, ultimately leading to the rejection of the hollowed out text. This compromises the urgent improvements foreseen in the Farm to Fork Strategy, undermining efforts to ensure an effective protection of EU citizens and ecosystems from hazardous pesticides.
EDC-Free Europe coalition members are deeply concerned about the outcome of this vote, and underline the urgent need to strengthen EU regulations on pesticides. The Parliament’s vote ignores the voices of over 1.1 million EU citizens calling for a 80% gradual reduction of the use of synthetic pesticides by 2030, and a total phase out by 2035.
The #EUGreenDeal is DEAD. The EU Parliament just voted down the proposal for reduction of #pesticides. The chemical industry can continue to poison us. A sad loss for citizens and farmers #health, #biodiversity and #water quality. #SUR #PesticideFreeEU.https://t.co/WTKiuZidx7— PAN Europe (@EuropePAN) November 22, 2023
The European Commission’s proposal, put forward in June 2022, aimed to gradually reduce the use and risk of chemical pesticides in the EU by 50% by 2030, and included measures to protect sensitive areas, such as public areas, nature reserves and water resources.
Today, @Europarl_EN missed a pivotal opportunity to protect children against exposure to harmful pesticides.— Child Rights International Network - CRIN (@CRINwire) November 22, 2023
By rejecting the draft regulation on pesticides #SUR, the MEPs who voted against this text are leaving the door open to severe children's rights violations. https://t.co/vzQRWptvQ9
A very sad day for Europe as Members of @Europarl_EN voted down the #SUR and with it the opportunity to protect Europe from harmful pesticides.— EEB (@Green_Europe) November 22, 2023
Farmer’s health will suffer🧑🌾
Ecosystem health will suffer🐝
Citizen's health will suffer❤️🩹
Who stands to benefit?🏭👇 https://t.co/b0jfk7Ge6M
Worrying news for health: yesterday, the European Parliament voted against the draft text for an EU #pesticides reduction law, following a substantial hollowing out of the draft text.— Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) (@HealthandEnv) November 23, 2023
➡️ Our reaction: https://t.co/KI81K8pAYF#PesticideFreeEU #PesticidesSUR pic.twitter.com/AQHG68Fu88
European agriculture is pesticide-intensive, using a vast amount of substances that a growing body of independent science says can negatively impact health, biodiversity and the environment. Numerous pesticides found as residues in the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breath are known or suspected to be harmful endocrine disrupting chemicals.
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