On the prohibition of all neonicotinoids

Following the publication of a scientific synthesis commissioned at the University of Sussex, Greenpeace, on 26 January 2017, requested the European Union to ban all neonicotinoids.

If a partial ban was obtained in 2013, the remainder produces far too much effects so that we can afford to ignore them and persist in the use of these substances not only in agricultural land, but also in soils, Streams and wildflowers.

Indeed, the report confirms the harmfulness of these pesticides to the environment, especially for bees, butterflies and aquatic insects, hence an impact on the food chain.

If treated flower crops are threatened, it is also the case of other non-targeted plants that absorb these pesticides and are found in pollen, nectar and foliage.

We note that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) postponed the release of its report on the three partially banned neonicotinoids in the autumn. France, for its part, voted for a ban on neonicotinoids taking effect in 2018.

Does the Commission intend to give a favourable response to this request?