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Parliamentary questions
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24 May 2016
E-004151-16
Question for written answer E-004151-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Mariya Gabriel (PPE)

 Subject:  Ban on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides
 Answer in writing 

In recent years we have been witnessing a decrease in pollinating species that contribute to agricultural productivity. If no specific protection measures are taken and this trend therefore becomes more pronounced, this will have a profound negative impact on agriculture, food production and food security, biodiversity, environmental sustainability and ecosystems.

In 2013, following a thorough scientific assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the Commission restricted the use of three neonicotinoid pesticides for a period of two years. In August 2015, a new investigation by EFSA assessed the safety of the three neonicotinoids and identified high risks to bee health or could not exclude such risks.

1. When does the Commission intend to take a final decision on whether or not to permanently ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides?

2. Does it consider it necessary to extend the scope of the restriction on the use of neonicotinoids and to reconsider possible derogations in respect of the ban?

3. Does it intend to launch a European initiative on pollinators that pays attention to pest resistance in plants affecting bees and other pollinators, as the EP called for in a resolution on the mid-term review of the EU's biodiversity strategy?

Original language of question: BG 
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