EU member states have voted for proposals to enforce an almost-complete ban on the use of neonicotinoid insecticides across the EU.

On Friday morning (27 April), the European Commission asked member states to vote on a proposal to widen the ban to cover all crops grown outdoors, compared to its previous ban on flowering crops, spring-sown cereals and maize.

 Member states voted in favour to enforce the almost complete ban on neonicotinoids, the most widely used class of insecticides in the world.
However, growers will still be free to use neonicotinoids in greenhouses across the EU.
Since December 2013 three neonicotinoid pesticides – imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam – have been banned for use on crops attractive to bees in the EU.