The European Commission continues auditing the implementation of Directive 2009/128/EC on the sustainable use of pesticides in Member States.
The most recently published audit report for Bulgaria found that although a range of measures and actions to achieve the sustainable use of pesticides are in place, serious weaknesses were identified with regard to their implementation. For example there is no system in place for the testing of pesticides application equipment and shortcomings were found in the system of training and certification of pesticide users. The implementation of IPM general principles was introduced only recently and was not complete. No guarantees could be provided that aerial spraying meets the specific conditions under the Directive.
Member States for which audit reports have already been published are: Bulgaria, Hungary, France and Spain.
Audit reports of Ireland, Portugal, Cyprus, Austria, Greece and Lithuania will be published as they are finalised later this year.
To learn more about the outcome of the European Commission audits regarding SUD please click on the "read more" below.