EU states undecided on pesticide ban to protect bees
BRUSSELS, March 15
BRUSSELS, March 15 (Reuters) - European Union governments failed to reach a decision on Friday on whether to ban three widely-used pesticides linked to the decline of honeybees, the European Commission said.
"No qualified majority was reached, either in favour, or against the text," the Commission said in a statement, adding it would now consider the next steps.
The ban was proposed by the European Commission in January, after the EU's food safety watchdog EFSA said a class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids pose an acute risk to honeybee health.
Member states now have two months to find a compromise, otherwise the European Commission will be free to unilaterally ban the pesticides, which are chiefly produced by Switzerland's Syngeta and Germany's Bayer.
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