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Parliamentary questions
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24 March 2017
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-000690/2017

Regulation (EU) No 485/2013(1) foresees a review of the new scientific information available for the 3 restricted neonicotinoids (clothianidin, thiamethoxam or imidacloprid) within two years from the date of entry into force of the regulation.

Due to the large amount of data received, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) postponed the publication of its report until 30 November 2017. Depending on the outcome of this evaluation, the Commission may propose, if justified, to further modify the conditions of approval of the three neonicotinoids.

In the meantime, in accordance with a specific provision in the same Regulation, the Commission had requested confirmatory information to the applicants of clothianidin, thiamethoxam or imidacloprid. The requested confirmatory information was meant to confirm the uses which are still allowed and considered to be safe.

The conclusions of EFSA in light of the submitted confirmatory data were finalised in October 2016. New risks for bees resulting from these substances were identified and the Commission is currently discussing the appropriate follow-up actions with the Member States.

(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.

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