No ban on neonicotinoids
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The representatives of the 27 member states that met in the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health on 15 March 2013 failed to reach a qualified majority either in favour or against a proposal for a ban on the use of three neonicotinoid insecticides (clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiametoxam) on crops attractive to honeybees, Europolitics reports. Under the current rules of procedure, the Commission can now either refer the issue to the Appeals Committee or amend the proposal.
Nine countries - the Czech Republic, Greece, Ireland, Lithuania, Hungary, Austria, Portugal, Romania and Slovakia - voted against the Commission’s proposal, thirteen countries - Spain, Poland, the Netherlands, Italy, Slovenia, Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg, Malta, France, Sweden, Latvia and Cyprus - supported it, and five countries - Bulgaria, Germany, Estonia, Finland and the UK - abstained. Syngenta welcomed the lack of support among member states for the Commission’s proposal. Different reaction came from Avaaz, a global campaign network lobbing against the use of pesticides in the EU. In a statement issued after the vote, the organisation regretted the lack of support for the proposal and condemned Germany and the UK for abstaining during the vote.
Responding to the news, Friends of the Earth's Head of Campaigns Andrew Pendleton said: "This is a cop-out by a significant number of European governments - it means yet more dither and delay while our bee populations plummet. There is more than enough evidence that these chemicals are linked to bee decline to place immediate restrictions on their use." Over recent weeks, Friends of the Earth has revealed that a number of Britain's leading home and garden retailers are removing insecticides containing the three neonicotinoids identified by EFSA. More information is available here.