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No agreement on EU neonicotinoid ban

The European Commission has failed to gain the qualified majority vote from EU member states to support its proposal for a two-year suspension on the neonicotinoid insecticides, clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam, on certain crops. The proposal was put forward after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) identified risks to bees ( Agrow No 657, p 7). However, several member states, including the UK and Germany, expressed doubts whether the measures were justified, given the uncertainties highlighted in the EFSA’s report. Similar concerns had earlier been raised by MEPs, pointing out that the EFSA had listed many cases where data gaps prevented it from reaching firm conclusions ( Agrow No 659, p 10).

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