Bees & Pesticides, Commission to proceed with plan to better protect bees: statement by Roger Waite (in EN and FR), spokesperson

Type: News   Reference: i-077906   Duration: 00:01:52  Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - EC/Berlaymont
End production: 29/04/2013   First transmission: 29/04/2013
Today, EU Member States did not reach a qualified majority – either in favour or against - in the Appeal Committee1 which discussed a Commission proposal to restrict the use of 3 neonicotinoid insecticides. The proposal restricts the use of 3 neonicotinoids (clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiametoxam) for seed treatment, soil application (granules) and foliar treatment on bee attractive plants and cereals. In addition, the remaining authorised uses are available only to professionals. Exceptions will be limited to the possibility to treat bee-attractive crops in greenhouses, in open-air fields only after flowering. The restrictions will apply from 1 December 2013. As soon as new information is available, and at the latest within 2 years, the Commission will review the conditions of approval of the 3 neonicotinoids to take into account relevant scientific and technical developments.

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00:00:05 SOUNDBITE (in English) by Roger Waite, EC Spokesperson for Agricultural and Rural Development: The idea is because these pesticides have a negative impact on the bee population. For those crops which flower where bees are interested we are restricting the use of these three neonicotinoids. Following today's discussion in the appeal committee, the proposal to restrict the use of these three substances has the support of a majority of member states and the Commission will take a decision very soon to make sure that this will be adopted. 00:00:40
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00:00:52 SOUNDBITE (in French) by Roger Waite saying that: The idea is because these pesticides have a negative impact on the bee population. For those crops which flower where bees are interested we are restricting the use of these three neonicotinoids. Following today's discussion in the appeal committee, the proposal to restrict the use of these three substances has the support of a majority of member states and the Commission will take a decision very soon to make sure that this will be adopted. 00:01:00
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