Case Study

Study supporting the evaluation of the EU legislation on plant protection products and pesticides residues

Client: DG SANTE | Sectors: Natural Resources

Building on an evaluation delivered by Ecorys, the European Commission published on 20 May 2020 its report on the future legislative framework for pesticides.

The “Study supporting the REFIT Evaluation of the EU legislation on plant protection products and pesticides residues” has been delivered by Ecorys in 2018. Our study provides an analysis of the functioning of the Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 on the placing of plant protection products on the market, and Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 on pesticide residues in food and feed. It assesses the effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, coherence, and the EU added value of the two Regulations. Our analysis was based on case studies and on extensive consultation which encompassed interviews, focus groups, workshops, and surveys. Almost 10,000 citizens participated in our Open Public Consultation.

Ecorys report supported the EC in the preparation of their Staff Working Document. The findings from our study helped to identify actions to improve the implementation of the Regulations: sixteen areas to simplify or strengthen the current regulatory framework are proposed in the EC report to the Council and European Parliament.

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Key Experts

Olivier Chartier Director