A majority of EU member states have voted for an extended ban on plant protection products with certain neonototides. This means that plant protection products with the three substances Klotianidin, imidacloprid or Tiamethoxam will only be used in permanent greenhouses.
Since 2013 there is an EU ban on the use of plant protection products containing the three active substances in the neonicotinoid group. The reason for the ban is that the substances are harmful to the bin. Neonototinoids have been identified as one of several possible causes to reduce the number of bees and other pollinating insects.
So far, the ban on the three neonototides has only concerned use in flowering crops that are attractive to bees, such as rapeseed crops. The extended ban applies to all uses of the substances outdoors, regardless of the form of use. It also means that treated plants will not be moved out of the greenhouse.
The vote among the Member States was conducted today at a meeting of the EU Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed. A qualified majority supported the proposal of the EU Commission to ban all use of the three substances outdoors.
Currently there are seven plant protection products containing imidacloprid and a plant protection product with thiamethoxam approved in Sweden. Approval of these funds will need to be reviewed in view of the extended ban. The same substances are also included in some approved biocidal products, but these are not affected by the prohibition.
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