Générations futures et al v. Ministère de l’Agriculture

440211
April 23, 2020
Provisional judgment
France, Paris

Health/Food groups, Consumer Protection Organizations, Environmental NGOs, Medical doctors, Unions
Générations Futures, UFC-Que choisir, Collectif de Soutien aux victimes des pesticides de l’Ouest, France Nature Environnement (FNE), Solidaires, Eau et Rivières de Bretagne, Alerte des Médecins sur les Pesticides (AMLP), Vigilance OGM Charentes, Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux (LPO), Collectif Victimes des Pesticides des Hauts de France (en soutien)
Ministère de l'Alimentation, de l'Agriculture et de la Pêche
François Lafforgue

Administrative
Summary proceedings
Other
Cancellation of the ministerial instruction of 3 February 2020, the press release "Safety distance for phytopharmaceutical treatments near dwellings" published on 30 March 2020 and the note "Elements of implementation", in its 4th version of 30 March 2020..
Council of State of Paris, France
Court

May 15, 2020
Negative
The interim relief judge rejects the associations' request for lack of urgency.
National law

9 NGOs challenge the ministerial instruction of 3 February 2020, the press release "Safety distance for plant protection treatments near homes" published on 30 March 2020 and the note "Elements of implementation", in its 4th version of 30 March 2020. They consider that the texts are not respected and that they do not adequately protect the health of local populations during this exceptional period of containment. The hearing took place on May 12, 2020, following which the Ministry of Agriculture undertook to remove the press release and the note from the Ministry's website. On 5/15/2020, the interim relief judge considered that the ministerial instruction - whose effects end next month - did not present an imminent risk to health and did not have the effect of compromising public consultation. He rejected the associations' request for lack of urgency.