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Parliamentary questions
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23 July 2020
Priority question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Martin Hojsík (Renew), Ivo Hristov (S&D)
 Subject: Assessment of the impact of plant protection products on pollinators/honeybees

In its follow-up to the European Parliament resolution on the draft Commission regulation amending Regulation (EU) No 546/2011 as regards the assessment of the impact of plant protection products on honeybees of 26 February 2020, the Commission stated that it intends to seek endorsement of comprehensive guidance, which will include, as requested by Parliament, measures related to chronic toxicity to bees and effects on bumblebees and solitary bees. To this end, it has mandated the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to review the bee guidance document by March 2021 and has discussed the document in several meetings of the Commission’s Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (ScoPAFF), where Parliament is not represented.

1. Could the Commission confirm that EFSA presented four options for the protection of pollinators, particularly honeybees, which were discussed in the June and July ScoPAFF meetings?

2. Can it confirm that the Member States selected option two, which is based on the computer model BEEHAVE?

3. Would it be willing to postpone the decision on which option to select and first have a discussion with Parliament to facilitate interinstitutional understanding and support?

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