Neonicotinoids – the new Regulation of European Commission
On 24 May 2013 European commission implemented new regulation (EU) No 485/2013. With this regulation they restrict the use of neonicotinoids.
Full title of regulation is »Amending Regulation (EU) No 540/2011 as regards the conditions of approval of the active substances clothianidin, thiamethoxam and imidacloprid, and prohibiting the use and sale of seeds treated with plant protection products containing those active substances.
This Regulation is binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States of EU.
The most important elements of the new regulation are as follows:
– Restriction in the use of three neonicotinoids; 1.clothianidin, 2.imidacloprid, and 3.thiametoxam for seed treatment, soil application (granules) and foliar treatment on bee attractive plants and cereals.
– In addition, the remaining authorised uses will only be available to professionals.
– Exceptions will be limited to the possibility of treating bee-attractive crops in greenhouses, in open-air ﬁelds only after ﬂowering.
– The restrictions will apply from 1 December 2013.
– As soon as new information is available, and at the latest within two years, the Commission will review the conditions of approval of the three neonicotinoids to take into account relevant scientiﬁc and technical developments.
Source: www.bbka.org.uk and http://eur-lex.europa.eu