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Preparation of National Action Plan in Bulgaria

07-08 May 2012
Events endorsed by OPERA

OPERA Research Centre, the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency and the Bulgarian Pesticides’ Industry Association coorganised in Sofia the workshop entitled “Preparation of National Action Plan”. This stakeholder workshop gathered up to 50 representatives from National Authorities, different associations, the private sector and NGOs.

The Deputy Executive Director of the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency, Mr. Anton Velichkov opened the day and welcomed the participants. Mrs. Dobrinka Pavlova, Head of Control of Plant Protection Products and Fertilizers Department presented the framework of the Sustainable Use Directive. She presented the stage where Bulgaria is on the drafting of the National Action Plan and the compliance with the European legislation. Provisions such as storage, handling and market location of the Plant Protection Products (PPP); training and public awareness regarding to PPPs are already very well implemented in the country while Risk Indicators (RI) should still be identified. Regarding to Integrated Pest Management (IPM), the general and more specific principles are already implemented and published on-line.

Mr. Alexandru Marchis, Policy Team Coordinator of OPERA Research Centre, contributed to the debate by analyzing the link between the SUD requirements and the criteria for cross-compliance in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). These criteria are to be taken into consideration to construct pragmatic and achievable requirements for the farmers. SUD also works as a bridge between the risk assessment and risk management as well as it creates opportunities to improve the agricultural practice.

The Dutch National Action Plan was presented by Mr. Ton van der Linden, from RIMV institute. The Netherlands in 2011entered its third long term plan on plant protection which focuses on sustainable agriculture. The aim of the plan is the further improvement towards sustainable agriculture in good economical perspective, with government as facilitator. The plan aims also in the non-agricultural sector by limiting or phasing out use of PPP on areas frequently used by the public and limiting run-off to surface water. He closed his presentation with the difficulties that might be faced on the drafting of the NAP and some reccomendations which will help the procedure.

Ms. Claudia Michel, Director of ECPA, presented the industry views for the implementation of the SUD. She started with the requirements of the directive for the MS and the implementation timelines. The NAP should include indicators to monitor use of PPP containing active substances of particular concern. Indicators are needed to measure progress towards achieving the goals of the Directive. Integrated Pest Management offers a lot of opportunities to fulfil the goals of the SUD. IPM needs to be implemented as a holistic concept. Collaborative approach of agricultural stakeholders is required to gain commitment for the practical implementation.

The chairman of the Copa-Cogeca, working party on phytosanitary issues, Mr. Luc Peeters, presented the Perspective of the European farmers on the implementation of the SUD. He explained what the directive means for the EU farmers and he gave some examples of its implementation within the Member States. He closed his presentation by asking for no additional costs at farm level.

Ms. Amalia Kafka, Scientific Officer of OPERA presented the recommendations of OPERA on Integrated Pest Management implementation and the Risk Indicators. Ms. Maura Calliera, Scientific Officer of OPERA presented the guidelines that were developed for the sustainable use of pesticides in Italy. The document was developed in a multi-stakeholder process. The project targeted to develop instruments for the easy identification of the areas where individual farmers can take measures to reduce or mitigate risks.

Closing the presentations the Director General of the Hellenic Crop Protection Association, Ms. Francesca Ydraiou, presented the Greek approach on the preparation of the NAP. She described the progress on the drafting of the NAP and she gave some examples on how some articles were approached. She highlighted the contribution of the workshop “Suggestions for the implementation of the oncoming Directive for the Sustainable Use Directive of pesticides- the experience of LIFE+ EcoPest project” on the preparation of the Greek NAP, that was coorganized in May 2011 by Benaki Phytopathological Institute and OPERA

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