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Parliamentary questions
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11 November 2019
Question for written answer E-003778/2019
to the Commission
Rule 138
César Luena (S&D)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Temporary authorisation of neonicotinoids

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.

1. Does the Commission not take the view that such temporary authorisations set a precedent for further exceptions being made in the future and are paving the way for the return of neonicotinoids in the EU?

2. Does the Commission agree that it would be fair for other producers in other Member States to use such neonicotinoids for the same or similar types of crops, to prevent a situation in which producers who have been forced to invest heavily in sourcing and using alternative products are placed at a disadvantage?

3. Is the Commission intending to amend Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 to that end?

Original language of question: ES
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