Written Question: Pesticide residues in public sites in South Tyrol (Italy)

(Source: European Parliament)

Date submitted:

Question for written answer E-001185/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Eleonora Evi (Verts/ALE), Piernicola Pedicini (Verts/ALE)

Pesticide residues in public sites in South Tyrol (Italy)

A study published in 2017(1) found that 45 % of public sites (such as public playgrounds, schoolyards and bicycle paths) in South Tyrol near intensively managed agricultural areas (in particular apple orchards and vineyards) were contaminated in spring, mainly with endocrine‑active pesticide residues.

Another study published in 2021(2) assessed pesticide contamination of the same public sites over the course of a year. It identified a total of 32 pesticide residues and one preservative agent. Almost all of the sites (96 %) were contaminated with at least one residue. Moreover, in 79 % of the sites, more than one residue was found.

Does the Commission believe that the requirement provided for in Article 12 of Directive 2009/128/EC to ensure that the use of pesticides is minimised or prohibited in some specific areas has been breached in South Tyrol?

Agriculture in South Tyrol is financially supported by money from EU taxpayers via the common agricultural policy (CAP), which means that in essence, people are paying for their own areas to be contaminated. What measures is the Commission taking to ensure that funds awarded under the CAP do not translate into pesticide contamination of public spaces?

Will the Commission take into account the findings of the above‑mentioned studies when assessing the authorisation of plant protection products?

(1) https://enveurope.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s12302-019-0206-0
(2) https://enveurope.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s12302-020-00446-y

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