Revision of the Sustainable Use of Pesticides Directive (SUD)

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Practical information

  1. Composition of the study group
  2. Administrator / Assistant in charge: Gaia BOTTONI / Isabel ANTUNES
  3. Contact

Background

The Commission launched the Revision of the Sustainable Use of Pesticides Directive (SUD) to address the key problem of its limited effectiveness in reducing pesticide use and potential risks to human health and the environment across Member States. 

The new Regulation on the Sustainable Use of Plant Protection Products includes new proposals for EU wide targets to reduce by 50% the use and risk of chemical pesticides by 2030, in line with the EU’s Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies.

The main measures include:

  • Legally binding targets at EU level to reduce by 50% the use and the risk of chemical pesticides as well as the use of the more hazardous pesticides by 2030. Member States will set their own national reduction targets within defined parameters to ensure that the EU wide targets are achieved.
  • Environmentally friendly pest control: New measures will ensure that all farmers and other professional pesticide users practice Integrated Pest Management (IPM). This is an environmentally friendly system of pest control which focuses on pest prevention and prioritises alternative pest control methods, with chemical pesticides only used as a last resort.
  • A ban on all pesticides in sensitive areas: The use of all pesticides is prohibited in places such as urban green areas, including public parks or gardens, playgrounds, recreation or sports grounds, public paths as well as protected areas in accordance with Natura 2000 and any ecologically sensitive area to be preserved for threatened pollinators.

Other key measures include requiring Member States to set positive targets to increase the use of non-chemical pest control methods and requiring farmers and other professional users of pesticides to obtain independent advice on alternative methods to ensure greater uptake of non-chemical pest control methods. The proposal transforms the existing Directive into a Regulation which will be directly binding and uniformly applicable to all Member States.