Daniel Gueguen

The motion to veto endorsed on 30 May by the European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI) is based on two grounds.
The first ground concerns the content of the delegated act: one of the measure’s provisions proposes banning the use of pesticides within Ecological Focus Areas (EFAs). This provision has drawn a lot of criticism from farmers, particularly due to the potential negative consequences for Europe’s on-going protein crop deficit.
The second ground rests on a more general and fundamental problem: the Commission’s ‘bundling’ approach, whereby it has proposed to deal with 14 different issues in one text. The co-legislators cannot amend delegated acts, so all they can do is either accept or reject the proposal as a whole, even if only one issue is problematic (in this case, the ban on pesticides in EFAs).
The AGRI motion to veto, which still has to be adopted by the Parliament plenary, should serve as a warning to the Commission on ‘bundling’, a method that undermines the co-legislators’ right of democratic scrutiny.

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