European Commission to appeal against neonicotinoid inaction

The European Commission expects neonicotinoids to be banned by July, despite environment ministers not reaching a majority verdict in a vote on the pesticides' future last week.

The European Commission is still expecting to ban neonicotinoids – the pesticides which have been linked to bee population declines - despite a vote last week gaining no qualified majority to ban the products.

European Commission health and consumer policy representative Frédéric Vincent said: "Following the inconclusive outcome of a Standing Committee meeting vote last week, EC Commissioner Tonio Borg announced at the Agriculture Ministers Council on 19 March in Brussels that the next step of the procedure will be a discussion and a vote at an Appeal Committee, which will take place later this spring.

He added: "The Commission still envisages to have measures in place by 1 July 2013."

The European Food Safety Authority said in January that clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiametoxam have "high acute risks" to bees.
 
Vincent said: "Now we have the EFSA conclusions since January this year, the time is ripe to act."


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