MEPs demand mandatory reduction of pesticides to save pollinators

MEPs have called on the European Commission to develop an action plan to protect the diversity of bees, butterflies and other insect pollinator species and to maintain the EU’s natural ecosystems.

A resolution on the EU pollinators initiative was approved by a show of hands in the European Parliament on Wednesday. The text calls for EU-wide mandatory reduction targets for pesticides to be included in the directive on sustainable use of pesticides and in the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

On behalf of the centre-left S&D group, environment committee coordinator Jytte Guteland welcomed the approval and said: “[Our] group demands mandatory EU-wide reduction targets for pesticides in order to create a non-toxic environment and to put an end to pollinators’ decline.”

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