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EU countries were required to adopt National Action Plans (NAPs) to implement the Directive for the first time by November 2012. These plans should contain quantitative objectives, targets, measures and timetables to reduce the risks and impacts of pesticide use. These plans should be reviewed at least every five years.

The Directive identifies specific measures that EU countries are required to include in their plans for proper implementation. The main actions relate to

  • training of users, advisors and distributors
  • inspection of pesticide application equipment
  • the prohibition of aerial spraying
  • the protection of the aquatic environment and drinking water
  • limitation of pesticide use in sensitive areas
  • information and awareness raising about pesticide risks
  • systems for gathering information on pesticide acute poisoning incidents, as well as chronic poisoning developments, where available

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