Environmental groups have called for tighter controls on endocrine disrupting pesticides and an outright ban on neonicotinoids blamed for decimating bee populations after the European Commission scheduled key talks and a possible vote for mid-December.
Delegates from all 28 EU governments will discuss a proposal to ban three neonicotinoid pesticides – imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam – and possibly adopt an opinion that would instruct the EU executive on whether to replace a patchily enforced interim prohibition with an outright ban at a meeting starting 12 December.
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