EU health commissioner: Neonicotinoid, glyphosate decisions show European regulations consistent, science-based

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No one can blame the European Commission of being in the hands of industry lobbies, as in both the glyphosate and neonicotinoids cases, it made “consistent” decisions, EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis told EURACTIV.com.

Representatives of EU member states [voted on 27 April] on a European Commission proposal to ban three neonicotinoid insecticides: Bayer’s imidacloprid and clothianidin, and Syngenta’s thiamethoxam.

The Commission’s proposal is based on the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) assessment, which recently re-confirmed that the neonicotinoids pose a risk to bees.

Andriukaitis explained that the process shows that the Commission had made “consistent decisions”.

“We had evidence related to glyphosate and we made consistent decisions. Of course, our message was ‘together with member states’ and we achieved a majority vote. Now, we have evidence about challenges related to bee population and neonicotinoids are very dangerous in this field, once again we are consistent. No one can blame the Commission for being in the hands of some lobby.”

“It is a perfect example of the Commission being consistent and based on scientific evidence, procedures and rules,” Andriukaitis said.

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