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."