Multiple epidemiological studies suggest that exposure to pesticides may present a potentially important environmental risk factor for developing Parkinson’s disease (PD). To verify this hypothesis, JRC scientists worked together with international experts convened by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to determine whether such an association could be supported based on existing scientific knowledge.
A recent JRC-led article delivers the first pan-European inventory of emissions of chemical priority substances that reach rivers and coastal waters in Europe, from both point (single, easily identified) and diffuse (widespread over an area) sources.
Following controversies surrounding the authorisation and renewal of certain sensitive products, such as active substances in plant protection products (glyphosate, neonicotinoids) and genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the European Commission proposed to revise the transparency rules in these policy areas. The European Parliament is expected to vote during its December plenary session on the report of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee, and on a mandate to start interinstitutional negotiations.
A new administrative guidance provides applicants and Member States with instructions on preparing and submitting dossiers and assessment reports for the peer review of pesticides.
Update – a summary record is available.
The International Plant Protection Convention adopts standards on fumigation and six pests, including Xylella fastidiosa and the oriental fruit fly.