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Parliamentary question - E-003778/2019Parliamentary question
E-003778/2019

    Temporary authorisation of neonicotinoids

    Question for written answer E-003778/2019
    to the Commission
    Rule 138
    César Luena (S&D)

    Under Article 53 of Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 EU countries are allowed, ‘in special circumstances’, to temporarily authorise the use of unapproved chemicals where there is a danger ‘which cannot be contained by any other reasonable means’.

    Although the regulation gives the Commission a series of options – such as technical and scientific assistance from EFSA – to ensure that those exceptions are not abused, unfortunately, many Member States do abuse them, as evidenced by the fact that EFSA has on occasion issued unfavourable opinions on temporary authorisations.

    This year, Finland, Denmark and Slovakia have granted temporary authorisations to use neonicotinoids in pelleted sugar beet seeds.

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