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27 April 2015
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-003083/2015

The restrictions imposed at EU level by Regulation (EU) No 485/2013(1) for the neonicotinoids were based on the conclusion that the approval criteria in Article 4 of Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 were no longer satisfied regarding the risk to bees. The specific legislation was at no time based on a direct link on bee mortality.

The Commission was informed on losses in some crops and in some areas; however there is not sufficient information available at this stage to allow a robust and comprehensive analysis.

The Commission's Joint Research Centre is currently investigating ex post how EU farmers adapt their pest management and control practices after the neonicotinoid restrictions in 3 key crops and 7 countries. Eventually, the data collected via such a survey will allow for estimations on the productivity and economic impacts for farmers as well as an evaluation of alternatives applied by farmers belonging to the designed sample. This research is largely based on primary information and it is foreseen to produce results in the second half of 2016.

(1)Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 485/2013 of 24.5.2013 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) No 540/2011, as regards the conditions of approval of the active substances clothianidin, thiamethoxam and imidacloprid, and prohibiting the use and sale of seeds treated with plant protection products containing those active substances.

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