Bart Staes

Function Member
Phone Brussels+32-2-2845642
Phone Strasbourg+33-3-88175642
E-Mail
Office

Brussels
European Parliament
ASP 07H141
Rue Wiertz
B- 1047 Brussels

Strasbourg
European Parliament
LOW T0 5093
Allée du Printemps - B.P. 1024/F
F-67070 Strasbourg Cedex

Party Groen
CountryBelgium
Greens / EFA Group Member
Committees Budgetary Control (Member)
Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (Substitute Member)
Budgetary Control (Coordinator)
EU authorisation procedure for pesticides (special committee) (Member)
Delegations United States (Member)
Israel (Substitute Member)
Web http://www.bartstaes.be/
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http://bartstaes.blogspot.com/
 

Vice-Chair of the Committee on Budgetary Control

  • Highly engaged in the fight against fraud in the EU
  • Founder of the Chechenya Intergroup in the EP and defender of the Chechen case in the EU
  • Author of books on the illegal use of hormones in meat
  • Groen co-representative for Energy efficiency, renewables and climate change at EU-level
  • Funding of nuclear energy and research
  • Weapons trade
  • Specialized in food safety issues
  • Engaged in the protection of the health of the environment (nature protection, air quality, particulate matter)
  • Member of the Groen (Green Party) executive committee.
  • Teacher training (Dutch, English and economics) in 1981.

 


Relevant Articles

Pesticides
@Erich Westendarp
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Parliament calls for more transparency on the authorisation of pesticides and additives in the food chain

Food law

Members of the European Parliament voted in favour of greater transparency around the authorisation of pesticides, GMOs and additives in the food chain. "We cannot rely on the industry to judge whether its own products are harmful. We need more scrutiny by independent scientists", declared Bart Staes, Greens/EFA group spokesperson on pesticides

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Time for stricter testing around pesticide authorisation

PEST final report

The final report calls on EU governments and the European Commission to step up environmental and health assessments of pesticides and pesticide active substances, to ensure that no conflicts of interest affect the authorisation procedure and to make risk assessments transparent. The product glyphosate will be tested for cancer risks. MEPs will vote on the final report in the plenary session of the European Parliament in January.

Animal-transport
Creative Commons
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Greens/EFA take European Parliament to court over animal welfare conditions

Animal Transport

The Greens/EFA group is taking the European Parliament to the European Court of Justice for having blocked the setting up of a committee of inquiry into the conditions around animal transport.

veolia money drain
en | cs

Alleged conflict of interest Czech of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš

Quote from Bart Staes MEP, Greens/EFA

"It is up to the European Commission, as guardian of the treaties, to look at all the evidence and decide if Babiš has a conflict of interest between his role as Prime Minister and his potential links to Agrofert. It would seriously undermine trust in the European political system if a sitting Prime Minister is negotiating EU funds that could end up in his own pockets."

Pesticides
@Erich Westendarp
en | fr | it

Our hair, testimony of our overall exposure to pesticide residues

Pesticides

Environmentalists in the European Parliament are launching a campaign on pesticide contamination. They used an independent institute that performed capillary tests for 30 pesticides reported as endocrine disruptors. Results: The laboratory detected one or more of these 30 pesticides for two thirds of the samples.

paint chemicals
david pisnoy
en | fr | it | de | es

One-third of chemicals on the market breach EU safety rules

Chemicals

For years, chemical companies in the European Union have marketed hundreds of harmful chemicals that without properly checking if they are toxic, eco-toxic or have the potential to cause cancer, impair fertility and inhibit the development of unborn children.

Glyphosate
Chafer Machinery (CC BY 2.0)
en | de | fr

Greens Complementary Hearing on Pesticides

05.09.2018

Independent fact check

Everything you always wanted to know about the effects of pesticides on human health and the environment

en | fr

Gene editing techniques are GMOs says EU Court of Justice

Time to put them aside and finally invest in true innovation

On Wednesday 25 July, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) published its very awaited ruling on the legal statute of modern mutagenesis, including some of the techniques known as “new breeding techniques”. This ruling confirms what civil society and the Greens/EFA have been claiming from the beginning: these are not “breeding techniques” but GMOs, and they should be treated as such. Now is definitely the time to finally invest on real innovation for our food system!

Crops Sprayed
CC Chafer Machinery
en | de

A victory for food safety and the environment: ECJ ruling on new GMOs

GMOs

Today, the European Court of Justice ruled that organisms obtained by mutagenesis, otherwise known as "new breeding techniques" by the biotech industry, are in fact Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), and are subject to the 2001 EU GMO Directive and all its obligations. Despite heavy lobbying by the industry looking for ways to circumvent the GMO Directive, the Court's ruling is a victory for European food safety and the environment.

Combating environmental criminality and ecocide

27.06.2018

Environmental crime (including ecocide) is nowadays widely recognized as a significant global threat to peace, security and sustainable development that needs to be tackled with urgency and codified under domestic and international law. Civil society, institutional and political experts will provide insight on the different aspects of environmental criminality, in view of proposing concrete recommendations.

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New GMOs are not progress, but yet another tool of industrial farming

Our food system needs real innovation

Very soon, the EU Court of Justice (ECJ) will publish its ruling concerning the legal statute of a group of biotech. After the ruling, tense negotiations will set the future of the current European GMO regulation. As always, citizens and lawmakers will face the full force of the industry lobbies. Whatever happens these new GMOs will not bring any progress to our food and farming system: innovation is somewhere else.

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Sustainable eating

How small steps can lead to big chance for your health and the climate

This booklet is about the food we eat every day, and the impact it has on our health, our environment and our future. Sustainable eating is becoming an urgent issue all over the world. We can all help change things by making different food choices. So, if you are ready, here's some 'food for thought' about making your fridge a force for change.