Current status of the regulation on the sustainable use of plant protection products

Plan działania na rzecz lepszego

The European Green Deal aims to reduce both the use of chemical pesticides and the risks associated with them. The “Farm to Table” strategy sets EU targets to reduce pesticide use and risks by 50% by 2030. The current directive on the sustainable use of pesticides does not reflect this ambition. It has failed to keep up with technological advances and achieve effective sustainable use of pesticides. With a view to the EU’s goals of reducing pesticide use by 50 percent, as well as reducing pesticide risks by 50 percent, the European Commission on June 22, 2022. has published a draft regulation on the sustainable use of plant protection products, which calls for, among other things, a 50% reduction in the use of chemical plant protection products by 2030 at the EU level.

The proposed project has met with strong opposition from farmers and the issue of a 50% reduction in the use of chemical plant protection products has been repeatedly discussed at meetings of the EU Council’s working groups on plant protection. Agriculture and Fisheries. Member states stressed that reduction targets at the national level should be set flexibly and individually taking into account the starting point in each member state.

Currently, the draft regulation, which calls for a 50% reduction in the use of plant protection products, has been protested by 18 member states, which point out, among other things, shortcomings in the impact assessment with regard to agri-food production, food prices and dependence on imports from third countries. In addition, some of the member states emphasize that the proposals in the regulation pose a significant threat to the European Union’s food security and demand the preparation of an accurate, complete and quantitative assessment of the impact of the proposed regulation on agricultural production and food security.

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