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Parliamentary questions
16 May 2018
E-001778/2018
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission

In 2013, the Commission restricted(1) the use of the three neonicotinoids referred to by the Honourable Member due to newly identified risks to bees. A review of new scientific data related to risks to bees from their use was foreseen within two years from the date of entry into force of the regulation.

That same Regulation required the applicants of the three neonicotinoids to submit confirmatory data for the uses still allowed. The evaluation of the data submitted by the parties concluded that the uses still allowed could no longer be considered safe. Therefore, the Commission proposed in 2017 to further restrict the use for all three substances to uses in permanent greenhouses only.

Member States requested to postpone the formal decision-making process to await the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) reports on the review of the new scientific data(2). EFSA published these reports on 28 February 2018.

In the light of the latest EFSA reports, the Commission maintains its proposals from 2017 to no longer approve any outdoor uses. Given that the risk to bees from uses in permanent greenhouses has been assessed to be low by EFSA, a complete ban of the use of the three neonicotinoids is currently not justified.

(1)Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 485/2013 of 24 May 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, OJ L 139, 25.5.2013, p. 12‐26.
(2)https://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/press/news/180228

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