Ireland, the UK, France, and 15 other EU member states are still standing against the recently proposed pesticide ban. The ban would prevent farmers from using pesticides on land that has been environmentally protected.
The European Commission is attempting to adjust the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to be more environmentally friendly, thus limiting the use of pesticides. The ban on pesticide-use in ecological focus areas (EFA) would affect farmers in quite a negative way, according to the mass opposition by EU countries.
However, Commissioner Hogan’s defence of the proposed ban is explained in full on the EU commission’s website. He said that the CAP’s environmental dimension is ‘here to stay’. He also added that in his time as Commissioner, he won’t stand for the lowering of the EU’s ‘environmental ambition’.