A Commission proposal for a pesticide ban on areas set aside for nature protection will be discussed at a meeting of EU agriculture ministers in Brussels on Monday 18 July, in the presence of Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan. The proposal for Ecological Focus Areas (EFAs) is just one of 15 measures the Commission will put forward as part of its CAP simplification drive. At the AGRI Council meeting, the Commission will also present Ministers with its analysis of the first year of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) greening implementation process.
EEB Senior Policy Officer for Agriculture, Faustine Bas-Defossez, said:
“A full ban on pesticides in areas set aside for nature protection would be the bare minimum to ensure that CAP greening is not a complete farce. If even such an obvious measure as this one is rejected by Member States, it will be the ultimate proof that the whole greening exercise has been in vain.
“Digging deeper into the Commission’s own figures on greening makes it clear that such a cosmetic change will not make CAP greening credible. If the Commission is serious about a greener future for farming it needs urgently to conduct an in-depth evaluation of the CAP through a Fitness Check to find out if it is having a positive impact on the environment, farm livelihoods, and public health – all evidence seems to suggest the contrary.”