MEPs refuse 'watered-down' bee protection legislation

The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to reject draft guidelines on assessing the impact of pesticides on pollinators, sending a ‘bee guidance document’ back to the EU executive to rewrite

The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to reject draft guidelines on assessing the impact of pesticides on pollinators, sending a long-awaited ‘bee guidance document’ back to the EU executive for a rewrite.

In adopting a resolution to reject the text by 533 votes to 67, with 100 abstentions, the assembly has set itself at odds with the Council of the EU, where only France has been actively opposing the proposal.

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