Here, I relate what the journalist said in his article “Abeilles : trois pesticides interdits dans l’Union européenne”. All quotes, originally in French, were translated by me.
The European Commission is expected to suspend 3 NNIs (imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam) for two years from December 1, 2013, with fifteen European Union states supporting the measure.
In a letter to Syngenta revealed by an English weekly, UK Environment Secretary Owen Paterson explains that London “has been very active” in organizing opposition to the Brussels proposal. He adds, “Our efforts will continue and intensify in the coming days.”
On the contrary, Tonio Borg, the European Commissioner for Consumer Health, affirms his willingness to promote the ban and to do his utmost to protect bees.
The qualified majority was not reached, the European Commission should decide. (?)