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The law on plant protection products

  • Published on February 14, 2023

Setting quantitative objectives, targets, measures, timetables and indicators to reduce risks and impacts of pesticide use on human health and the environment, and at encouraging the development and introduction of integrated pest management and of alternative approaches or techniques in order to reduce dependency on the use of pesticides.

Some of the provisions of Directive 2009/128/EC 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 have been transferred to the Law on plant protection products (Law on PPP).

This Directive respects the fundamental rights and principles recognized notably by the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU and promotes the integration into Community policies of a high level of environmental protection in accordance with the principle of sustainable development. This Directive establishes a framework to achieve sustainable use of pesticides by reducing their risks and impacts on human health and the environment.

The measures provided for in this Directive are complementary to measures laid down in other related Community legislation, in particular on the: conservation of wild birds, natural habitats, wild fauna, and flora; water policy; maximum residue levels of pesticides in or on food and feed; placing pesticides on the market; protection of the health and safety of workers; waste and hazardous waste; voluntary measures in the context of Regulations for Structural Funds.

Provisions of the Directive 2009/128/EC have been transferred to the Law on PPP are: training for distributors, advisors, and professional users of pesticides; requirements for sales, handling, and storage of pesticides, as well as for aerial spraying; an inspection of pesticide application equipment; integrated pest management.

But, the Law on PPP needs to be amended regarding the transfer of other provisions of the Directive 2009/128/EC such as: establishing the National Action Plan (NAP); information and awareness-raising programs of the general public regarding the risks and effects arising from the use of pesticides; specific measures to protect the aquatic environment and drinking water; reduction of pesticide use in specific areas; indicators for measuring the achievement of the goals of the established measures.

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