EU ombudsman looks at bee/agchem link
The European Ombudsman, P Nikiforos Diamandouros, has opened an investigation into whether the European Commission has taken appropriate measures to combat increased bee mortality in the EU. The move has been prompted by a complaint from the Austrian Ombudsman Board, which alleges that the Commission has failed to take into account new scientific evidence suggesting that certain neonicotinoid insecticides have led to increased bee mortality in recent years. The Austrian Ombudsman argues that the Commission should review the authorisation of the relevant active ingredients. The European Ombudsman has requested a response from the Commission by June 30th.