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Document selected : O-000147/2016

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O-000147/2016 (B8-1821/2016)

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Parliamentary questions
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29 November 2016
Question for oral answer O-000147/2016
to the Commission
Rule 128
Herbert Dorfmann, Pavel Poc, Julie Girling, Frédérique Ries, Lynn Boylan, Bart Staes, Eleonora Evi, Mireille D'Ornano, on behalf of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

 Subject: Biological low-risk pesticides
 Answer in plenary 

The use of conventional plant protection products is increasingly contentious, on account of the risks that they pose for human health and the environment. Biological low-risk pesticides may constitute a viable alternative to conventional plant protection products, for both conventional and organic farmers, and contribute to more sustainable agriculture.

Article 12 of Directive 2009/128/EC(1) of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 October 2009 establishing a framework for Community action to achieve the sustainable use of pesticides provides that the use of low-risk plant protection products is to be prioritised in specific areas, such as areas used by the general public and protected areas. Meanwhile, Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 October 2009 concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market and repealing Council Directives 79/117/EEC and 91/414/EEC(2) provides certain incentives for low-risk active substances and low-risk plant protection products.

However, only seven active substances – six of which are biological active substances – classified as ‘low-risk’ are currently approved in the EU. Moreover, biological low-risk pesticides are often refused authorisation on account of their lower efficacy.

What legislative and non-legislative measures is the Commission currently taking in order to increase the availability of biological low-risk pesticides? What measures does it intend to take in the future? What is the timeline for those measures?

(1) OJ L 309, 24.11.2009, p. 71.
(2) OJ L 309, 24.11.2009, p. 1.

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