The Environment Committee of the European Parliament supports the objection of the Dutch MEP Anja Hazekamp (Party for the Animals) against the extension of the EU permit for the agricultural poison Mancozeb. The European Commission wants to extend the authorization of the fungicide again for another year.
The European approval for Mancozeb originally expired three years ago. The European Commission has since renewed the approval each time, pending a judgment from the European Food Authority (EFSA). With its latest proposal, the European Commission wants to extend the current approval, which expires on 31 January, by one year.
In a motion, Hazekamp points out, among other things, that Mancozeb consists of various components that were previously prohibited in EU because of health and environmental risks.
Mancozeb is associated with an increased risk of Parkinson's by toxicologists. The Dutch television program Zembla reported in September about an increased number of people with Parkinson's in the countryside, where Mancozeb or similar pesticides are used. Mancozeb is the most sold fungicide in the Netherlands. Sales figures requested from the government by Greenpeace Netherlands show that 2.5 million kilos of the product was sold in the Netherlands in 2017.
The motion by the Environment Committee will now be placed on the agenda of the European Parliament plenary session in the third week of December in Strasbourg.