IBMA/PAN Europe Press release Sustainable
use of pesticides: one year delay in publishing European Commission report
26 November 2015 – The European Commission has taken a full one year delay in
submitting a report to the Parliament and the Council on increased use of alternatives
for pest and disease control. Let us hope that this does not reflect an overall low
ambition of Europe to reduce the risk to human health and the environment through
implementation of sustainable use of pesticides.
The Sustainable Use Directive (SUD) foresees that the European Commission submits a
report to the Parliament and the Council informing on Member States’ quantitative objectives,
targets, measures and timetables for implementation in a move from pesticide dependant pest
management to sustainable integrated pest management by 26 November 2014 (1). It is now
26 November 2015 a full year on and the report has still not been published.
Several analyses undertaken by PAN Europe have shown that Member States’ ambition to
reduce reliance on pesticide use is low, especially in the agricultural sector (2).
The Food and Veterinary Office, the EU body controlling the implementation of the SUD in
Member States, confirms this conclusion. The two audits undertaken in 2015, in Austria and
Italy (See 1.), both conclude that ‘There is no system to verify that all professional users implement
the general principles of IPM as required by Article 14 of Directive 2009/128/EC’. This is a
serious delay as this was meant to be applied as from January 2014.
PAN Europe and IBMA have a long tradition on working on the SUD, including for the last 4
years jointly organising an SUD symposium aiming at showing why serious implementation
is needed (4). PAN Europe and IBMA call on the European Commission to take a proactive
approach to ensure a solid implementation of the SUD in the near future,
Wyn Grant, professor from the University of Warwick, who addressed this year’s SUD
symposium says: “The progress being made is disappointing and a new impetus is needed”.
To that Henriette Christensen PAN Europe adds: “the European Commission is the watcher of
the EU legislation if they do not dare to reinforce EU regulation on pesticides, what is it all
This doubt is also questioned by IBMA, with David Cary stating “Innovative solutions need
innovative regulation but it has to be enacted and enforced!” and Willem Ravensberg
continuing “IPM is proven to be working in many cropping systems, what is keeping broader
adoption from occurring?”
1. In 2015 FVO published the following audit reports concerning marketing and use of pesticides:
(1) According to article 4 of Directive 128/2009/EC establishing a framework for Community
action to achieve the sustainable use of pesticides
(2) http://www.pan-europe.info/Resources/Reports/PANE - 2013 - Reducing pesticide use
across the EU.pdf
(4) This symposium was organised jointly by International Biocontrol Manufacturer
Association (IBMA), International Organisation for Biocontrol (IOBC) EuroCoop,
Pesticide Action Network Europe and Greenpeace, all presentations and the conclusions
are available at: http://www.ibma-global.org/en/news/symposium-feeding-europe-whilereducing-