MEPs seek to put bee harming pesticides back on the political agenda

The European Commission will be forced to rewrite draft guidelines on assessing the impact of pesticides on pollinators if the European Parliament rejects its proposal in a plenary vote on Wednesday

The European Commission will be forced to rewrite draft guidelines on assessing the impact of pesticides on pollinators if the European Parliament rejects its proposal in a plenary vote on Wednesday, two days after the assembly's environment committee overwhelmingly backed a veto.

Public concern over the decline of insect populations across Europe has already led to the banning of three neonicotinoid pesticides. A fourth, thiacloprid, is also set to be banned after a qualified majority of national government delegates agreed in a back room vote on Tuesday to support a European Commission proposal not to renew its EU license.

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