Keeping the “ecological” in Ecological Focus Areas

Today, the European Parliament has decided to keep the ecological focus areas (EFAs) “ecological”. MEPs were called to vote on a resolution proposed by the AGRI Committee of the European Parliament against the ban of pesticides use in the EFAs.

Ecological Focus Areas at Risk

On May 30th, the Agriculture Committee of the European Commission (COMAGRI) delivered two unexpected blows. First, it voted in favour of the resolution against the ban of pesticides in ecological focus areas (EFAs), going beyond the very purpose of the EFAs, which are areas dedicated to ecologically beneficial elements. The use of pesticides does not fall within this definition.