On 12 April, the ENVI Committee held an EoV with the Commission on possible further restrictions on the use of three Neonicotinoids (also known as neonics) which are active substances used in plant protection products (PPPs) to control harmful insects.
In the EU, five neonics are currently approved as active substances for use in PPPs, and in 2013, the Commission severely restricted the use of PPPs and treated seeds containing three of these neonics (clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam.) to protect honeybees.
On 28 February 2018, EFSA published its conclusions on the risk assessment for the active substances clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam and found that overall the risk to wild bees - bumblebees and solitary bees - as well as honeybees was confirmed.
The Commission and the Member States will now examine these conclusions and depending on the outcome of this analysis, the Commission may propose to further modify the conditions of approval of these three neonicotinoids.