The European Commission has delayed a vote on the banning of three neonicotinoids to include all outdoor crops.
Member states met at the European Commission on 12-13 December to propose an extension of the ban to all outdoor crops.
Four years ago, the EU restricted use of three neonicotinoids in the spring and on flowering crops.
The Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (Scopaff) discussed proposals to set out a blanket ban, but no vote was taken. The issue is expected to be on the agenda again in early 2018.
The UK government has overturned its previous convictions on neonicotinoids and now say an outright ban is needed due to their supposed harm to pollinators.
Speaking about neonicotinoids following a speech in the summer where he outlined his vision for a Green Brexit, Defra Secretary Michael Gove said new research had raised “profound concerns” and that he was contemplating the need for further restrictions on their use.
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