Ban on harmful products for bees

The European Commission has decided to prohibit the use of plant protection products that can be harmful for bees. The ban applies to all crops that are attractive to bees.

Bees crucial for crop pollination

The ban was urged by Minister for Agriculture Sharon Dijksma. “This is an important decision,” she said. “Bees are crucial for crop pollination and thus for our food supplies.”

Private use prohibited, exceptions for professional use

The ban applies to: imidacloprid, thiamethoxam and clothianidin, so-called neonicotinoids. Use on crops like corn, rapeseed, peas and ornamental crops and cereals will be banned or limited.

Private use of these products will be banned completely. In case of professional use, exceptions will be made for applications where bees do not come into contact with these products such as greenhouse applications, on winter cereals, spraying applied after flowering and crops harvested before flowering.

Implementation dates

The permits for the use of plant protection products based on the 3 neonicotinoids will be suspended or amended on 30 September 2013. The ban on the trade in and use of treated seeds for crops that are attractive to bees will become effective on 1 December 2013. Minister Dijksma has asked the Board for the permission of plant protection products and biocides (College toelating gewasbeschermingsmiddelen en biociden, Ctgb) ) to introduce the required amendments of Dutch authorisation decisions in accordance with the European Commission decree.