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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