Bayer, appeal on neonicotinoid pesticides rejected: European Court of Justice saves bees

The supreme judge of the European Union has confirmed the partial ban on three insecticides linked to the death of bees.

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The court rejected Bayer's latest attempt to overturn the ban on three neonicotinoid pesticides and undermine the EU's "precautionary principle"

The supreme judge of the European Union has confirmed the partial ban of three insecticides linked to the death of bees, preventing their use on some crops. The European Court of Justice has so de facto rejected the appeal of the Bayer (BAYGn.DE) which intended to overturn the ban established by the Commission in 2013 and then confirmed by another Court ruling from 2018.

The ruling now covers three active ingredients: imidacloprid developed by Bayer CropScience, clothianidin sviluppato from Takeda Chemical Industries (4502.T) and Bayer CropScience, and tiaethoxam at Syngenta. 

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The Commission limited the use of neonicotinoids in 2013 and from that time they could not be used on maize, rapeseed and other types of cereals, while they could still be used for other crops, such as sugar beet.

The Commission then reviewed the approvals due to the excessive loss of bee colonies due to the improper use of pesticides and the Court has now confirmed the ruling of the EU Court of 17 May 2018, once again underlining the importance of precautionary principle. 

In response, Bayer said there was not enough new scientific knowledge to justify the restrictions, but the Court of Justice agreed with the community executive and dismissed the appeal, condemning the company to bear all legal costs. of both sides.

As Reuters reports, Bayer declares itself disappointed by the sentence and continues to support the safety of its products, which are still used in other regions with the application of adequate risk mitigation measures.

"The verdict seems to allow the Commission almost free to review existing approvals on minimal evidence, which do not even have to consider new scientific data," concludes the spokesperson.

?GOOD NEWS?@Bayer tried to overturn the EU's ban on three bee-killing neonicotinoid #pesticides – the EU's court said NO!

But more is needed to #SaveTheBees – governments can grant exemptions to the ban, and other dangerous pesticides are still in use

— Greenpeace EU (@GreenpeaceEU) May 6, 2021

“The Court of Justice has reiterated that the protection of nature and people's health takes precedence over the narrow economic interests of powerful multinationals - says Andrea Carta, Greenpeace's legal strategist. ChemChina-owned Bayer and Syngenta had warned that banning insecticides would mean farmers would go back to older chemicals and spray more. Despite the ban between 2013 and 2019, 206 emergency authorizations were granted for the use of these banned substances in the EU. To protect bees, the Commission has proposed targets to reduce the use of chemical pesticides in the EU by half, with a target of 20% by 2030 “.

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Sources: / Greenpeace

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