Members of the European Parliament warn of ‘snail pace on pesticide innovation’

On 13 February, Members of the European Parliament overwhelmingly voted in favour of a non-binding resolution stating that EU Member States are failing to switch from chemical pesticides towards low-risk alternatives, despite it being required under EU law. The Parliament in turn called on the European Commission and Member States to meet their obligations.

With worries over the use of pesticides and their impact on biodiversity in Europe, the Parliament has stressed the need to make significant progress in promoting and incentivising innovation and the development of low-risk or non-chemical alternatives.

The European Commission has been called on to propose an EU-wide binding target for the reduction of pesticide use, as well as immediate bans on the use of pesticides that are at a certain distance from residential areas, schools, nurseries and hospitals.

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