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PAN Europe: Challenges EU Commission on bee harming pesticides

Pesticide Action Network Europe (PAN-E) and the French rural organisation Confédération paysanne sent a request to the EU Commission for an internal review of the ban on neonicotinoids – pesticides which are harmful to bees - and a review of the omission to act to protect pollinators.

Both organisations will go to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg if the Commission does not take action to protect all pollinators and the environment by banning all neonicotinoids’ uses.

In April 2013, environmentalist NGOs applauded a decision by the EU Commission to ban three neonicotinoid insecticides, after 20 years of honey bees decline. However, analysis of the situation has shown that the Commission did not entirely follow the recommendations of the EU Food Safety Authority, as usages which are harmful for bees remain authorised.

Winter cereal seeds coated with these three insecticides contaminate the soil for years. The sawings from these seeds produce toxic dust which kills bees and contaminates the environment. The EU Commission decided to maintain the approval of using the three insecticides on winter cereal, despite EFSA’s concerns.

Originally posted on 23 July 2013

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