European Court of Auditors: EU should reinforce pesticide control
Yesterday, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) released its Special report ‘Sustainable use of plant protection products: limited progress in measuring and reducing risks’. The report assesses the implementation and effectiveness of EU measures on controlling risks from pesticide use.
According to the ECA’s report, the progress in this field has been limited. Among other problems, Several Member States have been late in fully transposing the 2009 Directive on sustainable use of pesticides; incentives for farmers to adopt alternative methods remain weak; the European Commission needs to improve the monitoring of pesticide use; and more detailed information on the usage of pesticides must be provided by both the Member States and t