Sustainable use of pesticides Directive

The Directive on the sustainable use of pesticides was adopted by the EU in 2009 and
establishes a framework to achieve a sustainable use of pesticides by reducing the risks and impacts of pesticide use on human health and the environment and promoting the use of integrated pest management and of alternative approaches or techniques such as non-chemical alternatives to pesticides ”.

Requirements of Member States

The Directive includes requirements for the training of distributors and users of pesticides, the implementation of the principles for integrated pest management, information and awareness-raising, inspection and monitoring of spraying equipment, the prohibition of aerial spraying, specific measures to protect the aquatic environment and drinking water and the establishment of an EU indicator for plant protection products. All Member States must draft national Action Plans describing the way in which these requirements will be met. The national Action Plans must be submitted to the EU Commission no later than 26 November 2012.

Danish initiatives

Several of the EU requirements for elements of the Action Plans have already been introduced in Denmark. For example:  Farmers can undergo training leading to a certificate/permit for spraying. Regulations have been introduced in connection with the so-called Statutory Order on washing installations, aimed at reducing pollution from point sources.
However, Denmark still has several things to do to meet all the requirements under the EU regulations.  The Green Growth agreement includes methods and a schedule of implementation for several sub-elements of the Framework Directive within the time limits stipulated by the EU.
For example, Integrated Pest Management principles must be observed by all professional users of plant protection products as of 1 January 2014; requirements will be introduced for monitoring and inspection of spraying equipment; and a training course will be created for distributors of pesticides to the general public.
In addition to the activities directly connected to EU requirements, Denmark is restructuring the tax on plant protection products to encourage farmers and other citizens to purchase the products that have the least load on the environment and human health.
Read more about Green Growth initiatives here
Read the EU Directive on the sustainable use of pesticides