|Title||EU governments agree neonicotinoids ban|
|Date||2018-05-04 PM 4:08:48||Hit||31|
Government representatives approved on Friday a European Commission proposal to impose a near-total ban on three neonicotinoid pesticides that have been linked to drastic falls in populations of bees and other pollinators.
The use of the three compounds - imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam – has been subject to heightened controls since 2013, restricting their use to crops harvested before flowering or not considered attractive to bees, such as sugar beet and potatoes.
Following today's vote, the restrictions will become near total. “All outdoor uses will be banned and the neonicotinoids in question will only be allowed in permanent greenhouses where exposure of bees is not expected,” the EU executive said in a statement.
Health commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis welcomed the vote, which ended a stalemate in the relevant committee of national delegates, which had previously postponed the decision on several occasions since the EU executive filed its proposal in March 2017.
“The Commission had proposed these measures months ago, on the basis of the scientific advice from the European Food Safety Authority. Bee health remains of paramount importance for me since it concerns biodiversity, food production and the environment,"
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