EU Commission Pledges To Push Through Bee Pesticide Ban

Law360, New York (April 29, 2013, 5:16 PM EDT) -- The European Commission said Monday that it would move ahead with a proposal to ban three nicotine-based insecticides linked to a sharp decline in worldwide bee populations, despite the European Union member states’ failure to reach a qualified majority in a vote.

After EU member states failed to reach a consensus Monday following a 15-8 vote, with four abstentions, in favor of the ban, the decision to pursue restrictions against neonicotinoid pesticides clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam shifted to the European Commission. EC officials said they would...
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