Firms fight EU neonicotinoid restrictions in court

Syngenta and Bayer have mounted legal challenges against the EU executive over restrictions on bee-harming pesticides applying from December

Two chemical companies have mounted legal challenges to EU restrictions on bee-harming pesticides that are set to apply from 1 December.

Syngenta, the producer of thiamethoxam, and Bayer, which makes imidacloprid and clothianidin, have filed separate cases against the EU executive at the European court. The cases were entered on 14 and 19 August respectively.

The legal proceedings will not stop the implementation of the restrictions from 1 December, a European Commission spokeswoman said.

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