On 22nd June, the European Parliament’s Environment (ENVI) Committee voted on its report on the EU Commission’s proposal to revise the current EU Biocides law. Over 500 amendments had been tabled on crucial issues such as the phase out of hazardous biocides and exemptions, EU centralized authorization and nano-biocides. The EP plenary vote is scheduled for September. Read more…
HEAL’s ACTION ON PESTICIDES AND BIOCIDES
In May and June, as part of the NGO coalition, HEAL sent letters and met MEPs to urge them to strengthen the Commission’s proposal on biocides for better health and environment protection.
HEAL, PAN Germany and EEB issued a press release after the ENVI vote. HEAL welcomed the improvements brought by the Environment Committee, particularly in recognising the need to better protect vulnerable groups, and better assessment of the cumulative effects of biocides. However, concerns about remaining loopholes and questions in the proposal were also flagged up.
HEAL contributed to the consultation on the UK’s National Pesticide Action Plan, and advocated its support for pesticide-free areas - such as schools, nurseries and residential areas.
The Sick of Pesticides Campaign is also featured in PAN Europe’s new publication on National Action Plans .
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Contact your MEP HEAL in collaboration with other NGOs will carry out a thorough assessment of the ENVI vote. We will then provide information about our concerns that you bring to your MEP prior to the EP plenary vote (in September).
What’s happening in your country with National pesticide action plans? As HEAL’s Sick of Pesticides campaigns gathers momentum across the Netherlands, Belgium and Hungary, we’re keen to hear about the preparations and discussions in your country on the National pesticide action plans. Please keep us posted and find out how HEAL’s Sick of Pesticides campaign can support your activities – you can email email@example.com.
More information and articles on pesticides and health:
• Association of French doctors launch an investigation into the pesticide levels in French tap-water. Read more (article in French).
Written on 30 June 2010.