On Wednesday 5 February 2020, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) will publish a special report on EU action on pesticide use.
ABOUT THE AUDIT
The ECA assessed whether the EU action has reduced the risk related to pesticide use, following the implementation of the 2009 directive. In particular, the auditors examined whether the EU framework help reduce pesticides dependency and whether the European Commission and Member States effectively measure the risks and environmental impact of pesticides.
The report is expected to acknowledge that actions have been taken at EU level to promote the sustainable use of pesticides. But it is also expected to conclude that there has been limited progress in measuring and reducing the associated risks. Based on their findings, the auditors will make a number of recommendations to the European Commission.
ABOUT THE TOPIC
The EU framework of legislation aims to achieve sustainable use of pesticides and to reduce the risks they pose for human health and the environment. The European Commission approves active substances that can be used in pesticides that are authorised in Member States, and checks that Member States implement the relevant EU legislation. It also strives to promote integrated pest management to encourage the use of preventive, natural or other non-chemical methods of pest control before turning to pesticides.
The ECA's special reports set out the results of its audits of EU policies and programmes or management topics related to specific budgetary areas. The ECA selects and designs these audit tasks to be of maximum impact by considering the risks to performance or compliance, the level of income or spending involved, forthcoming developments and political and public interest.