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Parliamentary questions
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11 June 2020
E-003485/2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Alexander Bernhuber (PPE)
 Subject: Eurostat report on the use of pesticides

On 3 June 2020, Eurostat published a short report entitled ‘Sales of pesticides in the EU’, which states that Austria's pesticide consumption has increased by 53% (1) . This short report was taken up by numerous media outlets and resulted in the facts being misrepresented, since CO2 is partly responsible for the high increase in Austria, CO2 has only been factored in since 2016 and it makes comparisons between 2011 and 2018 (2) .

1. Why does this report not point out that the increase in Austria is due to CO2 and the active substances sulphur and copper and that CO2 has only been included in the statistics since 2016?

2. Why does the report give the impression that only synthetic pesticides are used here, rather than pointing out that biological pesticides such as copper and sulphur are included?

3. Why does this publication only report on the amounts of crop protection products used without indicating that there is no connection between the amount of crop protection products used and their possible negative effects on humans, animals and the environment?

(1)https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/index.php?title=File:Pesticides_sales-02.jpg
(2)https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/index.php?title=File:Pesticides_sales-02.jpg
Original language of question: DE
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