main banner
You are here: Home page » News » Members’ news

PAN Europe: Fipronil – European ban on bee-killing insecticides goes on

On 16 July 2013, Member States voted in favour of the EU Commission’s proposal to ban fipronil, an insecticide that EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) identified as a neurotoxic for bees. Pesticides Action Network Europe (PAN-E) welcomed the vote of the Standing Committee on Phytopharmaceuticals.

The proposal to ban fipronil for all crops except for a few horticultural or greenhouses use is a good step forward to issue regulation to protect bees. Nevertheless, biodiversity would not be fully protected by this proposal since the use in greenhouses would still be authorised.

Data show that surface waters surrounding greenhouses remains highly contaminated by systemic pesticides. Furthermore, minor uses for leek or onion seed coating would still be authorised. Besides this proposal, neonicotinoids remain authorised, despite high concerns on their impact on bees’ health.

PAN Europe recommends imposing a full ban on systemic insecticides in order to reach a high degree of protection for bees and the environment.

Originally posted on 7 October 2013

About HEAL

The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) is a leading European not-for-profit organisation addressing how the environment affects health in the European Union (EU). We demonstrate how policy changes can help protect health and enhance people’s quality of life. Read more »


HEAL has over 70 member organisations, representing health professionals, not-for-profit health insurers, doctors, nurses, cancer and asthma groups, citizens, women’s groups, youth groups, environmental NGOs, scientists and public health institutes. Members include international and Europe-wide organisations, as well as national and local groups. Read more »

Contact us

Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)
28 Boulevard Charlemagne
B1000 Brussels, Belgium
Phone: +32 2 234 3640
Fax: +32 2 234 3649
Press: Elke Zander

Direct telephone numbers: HEAL team page.

HEAL website privacy policy