Evaluation on Directive on the Sustainable Use of Pesticides (Information report)

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Practical information

  1. Composition of the study group
  2. Administrators / Assistants in charge: Conrad GANSLANDT, Layla REITER / Luca PITRONE, Sandra HOLLANDER
  3. Contact


Directive 2009/128/EC on sustainable use of pesticides (SUD) was adopted with the two-fold aim of:

  • reducing risks and impacts of Plant Protection Products (PPPs) on human health and the environment, and
  • promoting Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and alternative approaches or techniques to pesticides.

The SUD can play a central role in the European Green Deal framework, being crucial to the Commission's Farm-to-Fork strategy for shifting to a fair, healthy and environmentally friendly food system, and complementary to both the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 and the Zero Pollution Strategy.

However, SUD had limited effectiveness, being poorly implemented, applied and enforced across Member States. The Commission is thus undertaking its evaluation and impact assessment of possible future measures intended to achieve fully the Directive's overall objectives.

The focus would thus be on identifying and analysing:

  • the root causes behind SUD's shortcomings;
  • the limited usage, knowledge and lacking incentives to switch to alternative pest management systems.

Monitoring of the use of pesticides, including harmonized risk indicators, also falls under the scope of the evaluation, which covers the period 2011 (year in which the Directive should have been transposed by Member States) to 2020.

To complement the Commission's own findings, the Commission has asked the EESC to provide additional views from the perspectives of organised civil society. The EESC evaluation will target five countries whose selection has been made together with the Commission in order to maximise complementarity and added value to the EC evaluation, probably:

  • Ireland
  • Sweden
  • Spain
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia