Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Europe has questioned the competence of the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) as the EU agency released reports into 'emergency' exemptions to EU-wide controls on the use of bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides.
EFSA published on Thursday reports into the use last year – by Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania – of a widely used derogation to a 2013 prohibition of their use on a range of crops attractive to bees. Governments have since agreed a near-total EU ban.
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