French National Assembly to debate controversial neonicotinoid bill

MPs will debate today and tomorrow (5-6 October) the temporary re-authorisation of ‘bee-killer’ insecticide neonicotinoid for the beet crop industry, a key sector of the French economy which has been in crisis for several months.

Neonicotinoids were banned in 2018.

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France’s former Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot declared in an interview with the Journal du Dimanche that the reintroduction of neonicotinoids was “not a solution […] My foundation has estimated the losses for this year at €77 million for beet growers. Let’s compensate them in exchange for the implementation of practices: longer rotations, reintroduction of hedges…”.

In an interview for EURACTIV France, Martin Häusling, the Greens’ spokesman for agricultural policy in the European Parliament, pointed out that “derogations should remain exceptional.

These days, however, European countries are taking more and more of them; in Austria, Poland and soon in France. […]. The risk is that the European ban will eventually become null and void”. (Lucie Duboua-Lorsch |

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