BEE EMERGENCY CALL

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How some Member States are threatening bees by allowing the use of prohibited pesticides and how the Commission does nothing to stop them.

Bees are still under threat from abuse of pesticides. Four pesticides which are highly toxic to bees (including neonicotinoids and fipronil) were banned in 2013. However, the pesticide and seed industry, farmers and many EU Member States are continuing to use these pesticides. This is through a loophole in the Pesticides Regulation that allows for “emergency authorisations”.