EU Commission commits in answer to NGO letter to end export of EU banned pesticidesBlog
In the EU companies are allowed to export pesticides that are banned in the EU due to health and environmental concerns to third countries outside the EU. PAN Europe sent a letter, singned by 70 NGOs incuding HEJSupport, to the EU Commission demanding an end to this unethical practice of double standards.
In its answer, the Commission highlights its role “to assist [third countries] in their decisions” on whether to import certain hazardous chemicals such as pesticides. It also states that “as part of its action on the European Green Deal, the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability nevertheless aims to go further still, by preventing the export of hazardous chemicals, including pesticides, banned in the EU. The Commission is currently considering the various options for implementing this objective, including a revision of the legislation.”
We welcome the committment from the EU Commission and expect that it is going to fulfil its promise soon.
Read the letters and the PAN Europe Press Release here
Want to know more about illegal trade of pesticides and chemicals?
HEJSupport`s co-director Olga Speranskaya contributed to the UNEP report “The Illegal Trade in Chemicals”, which also covers pesticides.
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