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Reducing Use and Risk from Pesticides in the EU – In the Quest for Sound Legal Definitions

Corrado Finardi, Francesco Montanari

Commonly referred to as 'PPPs', plant protection products and their residues are one of the most prominent topics in the context of the current sustainability agenda of the European Union (EU). In particular, their reduction is a political goal in itself, which should contribute to delivering on the ambitions of the EU in ensuring better protection of human health and the environment. Against this background, this article provides an overview of the current policy initiatives at EU level, which constitute the framework under which their reduction is to take place (Sections I-III). Moreover, the article reflects on the need and the benefits that may stem from the elaboration of specific definitions at EU level for ‘chemical pesticides’ and ‘more hazardous substances’, which are the hearth of the sustainability goals that the EU is currently pursuing, following the adoption of the European Green Deal and other relevant subsequent policy initiatives, including the Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy (Section IV).

Corrado Finardi is a Regulatory Affairs Manager for Food & Feed Safety for COCERAL, UNISTOCK and EUROMALT. Corresponding author: <>. Francesco Montanari is a Food lawyer and Head of Regulatory Affairs at Arcadia International, Lisbon office, Portugal. Opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the position of any other agency, organization, employer or company.


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