EU Countries Should use Pesticides More Sustainably

The report on the sustainable use of pesticides Directive recently adopted by the European Commission takes stock of progress made by the EU Member States in applying measures to reduce the risks and impacts of pesticides. It covers a wide range of topics such as aerial spraying, information to the public or training of professionals. The report indicates, among other, that it was found that protection of aquatic environments or specific areas such as public parks is difficult to assess given the lack of measurable targets in most National Action Plans. Moreover, the Integrated Pest Management (which promotes low-pesticide-input pest management) remains underused by Member States even though the number of EU-approved low risk pesticide substances has doubled since 2009.

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