Publications

EU must stop importing food treated with banned pesticides

March 2020

A wide range of NGOs have written to the EU Commission to say that the EU needs to be consistent. If a pesticide isn’t allowed, it shouldn’t be exported, nor…

Food for a healthier life and planet

March 2020

Greenpeace priorities for the European Commission’s ‘Farm to Fork’ strategy

European Parliament backs new protections for bees

October 2019

Brussels – The European Parliament has backed new protections for bees, thwarting a move by the EU Commission and national governments to maintain outdated guidelines for how to evaluate the dangers…

EFSA must side with public, not commercial interests, says EU court

March 2019

In a landmark decision, the EU General Court ruled today that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) was wrong to refuse access to toxicity studies related to glyphosate, a controversial…

Leak: European governments pave way for bee-killing pesticides

January 2019

Retreat from safety standards that led to ban of three neonicotinoid pesticides Brussels, 23 January 2019 – Under pressure from pesticide producers and governments, the European Commission is planning to…

NGO letter to Commission President Juncker on bee-killing pesticides

January 2019

NGOs wrote to European Commission President Juncker to tell him that bees are still exposed to dangerous pesticides, despite EU ban of three neonicotinoids Download the letter to President Juncker…

Bees still exposed to dangerous pesticides

January 2019

Despite EU ban of three neonicotinoids, bees are still at risk Greenpeace and over 50 other organisations wrote to European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker calling on him to ensure EU…

Statement from coalition to ban glyphosate

October 2018

We, the organisers of the European Citizens’ Initiative to Ban glyphosate and protect people and the environment from toxic pesticides, call on the European Parliament, Council of Ministers and European…

Statement on the European Commission’s pesticide transparency proposal

September 2018

Glyphosate European Citizens’ Initiative coalition statement on the European Commission’s transparency proposal

EU court: protecting people and nature takes precedence over business interests

May 2018

Bayer and Syngenta lose court cases against 2013 partial neonicotinoid ban The General Court of the European Union has ruled that the European Commission was right to impose restrictions on…

Three neonicotinoids down, more bee-killing pesticides to go

April 2018

European governments have backed a European Commission plan for a near-total ban of three bee-killing neonicotinoid insecticides. Representatives from 16 countries meeting in Brussels voted in support of the EU…

EU moves closer to ban of three bee-killing neonicotinoid insecticides

April 2018

On 27 April 2018, representatives of EU governments meeting in Brussels will vote on a European Commission plan to ban three neonicotinoid insecticides: Bayer’s imidacloprid and clothianidin, and Syngenta’s thiamethoxam.…

NGO letter to EU Parliament pesticide committee

April 2018

We, along with 22 other NGOs, wrote to the European Parliament’s newly formed pesticide committee (PEST). The glyphosate controversy and the eventual decision to re-approve the chemical for another five…

EU Commission plan allows chemical producers to keep control of science behind pesticide approvals, Greenpeace

April 2018

Brussels – A European Commission proposal to reform EU risk assessments for pesticides and other products entering the food chain would allow the chemical industry to remain in charge of…

NGO letter to President Juncker urging a ban on neonicotinoid pesticides

March 2018

Over 50 NGOs wrote to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, urging him to ban neonicotinoid pesticides without delay. Bees and other pollinators remain under threat in Europe. While pesticides are…

EFSA confirms pesticides danger to bees

February 2018

National governments must now back EU neonicotinoid ban, says Greenpeace Three widely used neonicotinoid pesticides are a danger to bees, according to a report released today by the European Food…

Commission rejects demands of #StopGlyphosate citizens’ initiative

December 2017

Brussels – The European Commission has issued its formal response to the #StopGlyphosate European Citizens Initiative (ECI).  It officially recognised the submission of more than one million signatures on 6…

Bee-killing pesticides dangerous even when used in greenhouses, new research

December 2017

Proposed EU restrictions on neonicotinoids would allow use in greenhouses Brussels/Exeter – Bees and other wildlife are exposed to neonicotinoid pesticides even if they are used only inside greenhouses, a…

Study: dangers of neonicotinoid use in greenhouses

December 2017

Will the use of neonicotinoids in greenhouses continue to present a risk for bees and other organisms? The European Commission has proposed a ban on three neonicotinoids – imidacloprid,clothianidin and…

EU to renew glyphosate licence, ignoring concerns

November 2017

Brussels – A qualified majority of European governments voted to approve the European Commission’s plan to grant a five-year unrestricted licence to glyphosate, a widely used weedkiller that has been…

Media Advisory: European Parliament and #StopGlyphosate coalition to challenge Andriukaitis over weedkiller approval

November 2017

Formal hearing for European Citizens’ Initiative at 3:30 pm CET today Representatives of the #StopGlyphosate European Citizens’ Initiative will present their demands at a hearing in the European Parliament at…

EU governments reject Commission push for glyphosate

November 2017

Brussels – European governments have again refused to support a European Commission plan to grant a shortened but unrestricted licence for glyphosate, Europe’s most widely used weedkiller that has been…

Growing number of EU governments oppose re-approval of glyphosate

October 2017

Brussels – Amid mounting political and public opposition to glyphosate, representatives of European governments have again rejected the Commission’s proposal to grant the controversial and widely used weedkiller a new…

European Parliament resoundingly votes to end glyphosate use

October 2017

Brussels – Today the European Parliament resoundingly voted for an end to glyphosate use by 2022, with 355 in favour, 204 against and 111 abstentions. The resolution calls for a…

Glyphosate: a licence is a licence, no matter how long it’s for

October 2017

Greenpeace comment Brussels – Commenting on the European Commission’s new plan to push for a five- or seven-year licence for the weedkiller glyphosate, Greenpeace EU food policy director Franziska Achterberg…

Commissioner Andriukaitis confronted with demands of over one million Europeans to ban glyphosate

October 2017

Two days before EU members states are expected to vote on whether to renew the licence for the controversial weedkiller glyphosate, representatives of the Stop Glyphosate European Citizens’ Initiative have…

Monsanto’s view of independent science copied into EU evaluations

September 2017

Brussels, 15 September 2017 – According to media reports, large sections of the EU report evaluating the independent science on glyphosate’s potential risk to human health have been copied, word…

Giant weedkiller bottle torn down as Europe debates future of glyphosate

July 2017

1.3 Million Europeans call for ban in fastest growing citizens initiative Brussels – Citizens toppled a giant glyphosate bottle at the Schuman roundabout outside the European Commission to symbolise the…

First pan-European field study confirms neonicotinoid pesticides harm bees

June 2017

Greenpeace’s comment on new findings Exeter, 29 June 2017 – A major industry-funded field study [1] assessing the impacts of neonicotinoid pesticides clothianidin and thiamethoxam on honeybees and wild bees…

More than one million Europeans stand up against glyphosate

June 2017

Fastest-growing European Citizens’ Initiative demonstrates huge societal concern about pesticides Brussels, 15 June 2017 – Today, the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) to ban glyphosate, reform the EU pesticide approval process,…

European Parliament backs biodiversity over pesticides

June 2017

Today the European Parliament agreed with the European Commission that agricultural land dedicated to the preservation of biodiversity must not be treated with pesticides, rejecting an attempt by the Parliament’s…

EU report on pesticide residues ignores toxic cocktail effect, Greenpeace

April 2017

Brussels – An EU report on pesticide residues in food released today again fails to assess the combined effects of pesticides in the human body, warned Greenpeace.  The 2017 edition…

Commission takes major step to ban three bee-harming pesticides

March 2017

Governments must close remaining loopholes The European Commission has proposed a ban of three neonicotinoid pesticides known to harm bees and other species, except for use in permanent greenhouses, according…

EU chemicals agency sweeps glyphosate cancer evidence under the carpet

March 2017

Brussels – Following in the footsteps of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has dismissed scientific evidence showing that the controversial weedkiller glyphosate could cause…

In just five weeks almost 500,000 people ask EU to ban glyphosate

March 2017

Brussels – In just five weeks, almost half a million Europeans have signed a petition calling on the European Commission to ban the controversial weedkiller glyphosate. On Wednesday, the European…

ECHA response heightens rather than alleviates conflict of interest concerns

March 2017

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is due to publish a safety assessment of glyphosate, a controversial weedkiller linked to cancer by the WHO. Twenty health and environmental organisations expressed concerns…

Conflict of interest concerns blight new glyphosate safety assessment

March 2017

Brussels – Potential conflicts of interest and transparency concerns hang over the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), as it prepares a crucial assessment of glyphosate, a controversial weedkiller which has been…

Open letter on the independence and transparency of ECHA’s Risk Assessment Committee

March 2017

20 health and environmental organisations wrote to the Executive Director of the European Chemicals Agency, Mr. Geert Dancet, to express concerns regarding conflicts of interest and transparency at the agency.…

Commission revises EU decision-making rules in move to avoid blame

February 2017

Brussels – Today the European Commission presented a proposal to revise the decision-making rules under the so-called “comitology” procedure that is used, among other things, for approvals of products such…

Environmental and health organisations launch European citizens’ initiative to ban glyphosate

February 2017

Brussels – Campaigners and activists met in Brussels and other European cities (Madrid, Rome, Berlin and Paris) today to launch a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) to ban glyphosate, reform the…

The EU glyphosate timeline

February 2017

Campaigners and activists met in Brussels and other European cities (Madrid, Rome, Berlin and Paris) today to launch a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) to ban glyphosate, reform the EU pesticide…

Neonicotinoids bigger threat to wild bees and other animals than previously thought

January 2017

Limits of partial EU ban exposed Brussels, 12 January 2017 – Neonicotinoid pesticides pose serious risks not only to honeybees, but also to many other species, according to a scientific…

Bee-harming pesticides should be banned following EFSA reports

December 2016

Brussels, 6 December 2016 – The findings of new reports from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and a recent decision by the European Commission should result in a ban…

Joint NGO letter to Commissioner Andriukaitis on bee-harming pesticides

December 2016

In a letter sent today, Greenpeace, Pesticide Action Network Europe and Bee Life asked EU health Commissioner Andriukaitis to end the EU licences for these four pesticides (imidacloprid, clothianidin, fipronil…

Landmark ECJ ruling: research on dangers of pesticides must be made public

November 2016

Luxembourg/Brussels, 23 November 2016 – The European Court of Justice ruled today that safety tests conducted by the chemical industry and used by regulators to assess the dangers of pesticides…

209 pesticides used in the EU could endanger humans or environment

July 2016

27 July 2016 – Greenpeace Germany today published an updated version of The EU Pesticide Blacklist [1]. This catalogue, developed by an independent expert, classifies all pesticides authorised in the…

Greenpeace comment on Commission extension of glyphosate licence

June 2016

Brussels – The European Commission has extended a licence for glyphosate, a controversial weedkiller, until the end of 2017, when the European Chemicals Agency is expected to complete an assessment…

Commission must prepare glyphosate exit plan, Greenpeace

June 2016

Brussels – Greenpeace has called on the European Commission to prepare a glyphosate exit plan, after an EU vote on the controversial weedkiller today cleared the way for the Commission…

Greenpeace comment: EU vote on glyphosate extension

June 2016

Brussels – The European Commission has failed to secure sufficient support from EU governments for its proposal to extend a licence for glyphosate by up to 18 months. The outcome…

Commission seeks glyphosate approval by another name

June 2016

Brussels – The European Commission is seeking political backing to allow unrestricted use of controversial weedkiller glyphosate by labelling the decision as temporary, warned Greenpeace. The Commission has scheduled a…