Foreign

Top EU court backs French pesticide ban to protect bees

Published

on

Ruling in favour of caution when it comes to protecting bees, France did not violate EU rules when it banned certain chemicals considered harmful to bees.

The European Court of Justice found that on Thursday

The legal dispute between the French Crop Protection Association and France goes back to 2018, when the government banned some pesticides from the neonicotinoid group.

The Crop Protection Association brought the case to court, arguing that the French decree was incompatible with an EU regulation on the neonicotinoid family.

But on Thursday, the Luxembourg-based court ruled that France had given enough evidence that its decree was necessary to mitigate a serious risk to human or animal health or to the environment.

The pesticides have been the subject of explosive debate, and the French government has rowed back on parts of the 2018 decree following pressure by beetroot growers.

This has led to political tension across parties in the country, this week, the pesticides were at the centre of a row between the French government and the left-wing and green opposition, which accuses President Emmanuel Macron of backsliding on his environmental commitments.

On Tuesday, the French National Assembly approved a government proposal to give beetroot growers an exemption from the neonicotinoid ban until July 2023, after harvests were hit by a virus carried by aphids.

The exemption triggered a rebellion even within Macron’s centrist party, with more than 60 of its 271 deputies voting against or abstaining.

Edited By: Halima Sheji/Ali Baba-Inuwa
Source: NAN

China urges United States to stop discrimination against Chinese students Bye-elections: INEC meets RECs over current situation in Nigeria South Australian leader urges New Zealand to open borders #EndSARS: Anti-Riot policemen take over Umuahia, businesses paralysed Osun to organise volleyball fiesta in December Ahead of launch, Berlin’s new airport opens government terminal Hoodlums raze Oyingbo terminus of Lagos BRT Troops neutralise 2 bandits in Benue, recover arms #ENDSARS: NBA condemns killing of protesters in Lagos Minister urges states to prioritise investment in water supply #EndSARS: Gov. Emmanuel inaugurates Commission of Inquiry German cabinet plans to give Intel agencies access to messenger apps Mozambique’s container deaths: 2 sentenced to 9 years in jail Judge rejects AGF’s prayer for court to revoke Sowore, Bakare’s bail Cleric in court for allegedly assaulting tenant over failure to pay rent NGO advocates education on hygiene in Bauchi communities Lagos killings: CSOs urge NASS to bring perpetrators to book  Namibia receives 10,000 masks in latest donation from China Alleged sexual abuse: Court admits 3 Civil Servants to N900,000 bail each EndSARS: protesters defy curfew in Osun Fresh criticism of Dutch royal family for holiday during lockdown Curfew halts business activities in Lagos area Osun United FC Vice President restates his commitment to football development Malaysians scorn exoneration of minister after quarantine breach Italian govt enlists top influencers to promote COVID masks #EndSARS protests: We are not responsible for power cut at Lekki Toll Gate – EKEDC Sarah Jibril urges FG to set up community development centres Africa’s finance institutions, development partners collaboratae to promote bankable projects  Journalists condemn killing of protesters Hungarian justice minister tests positive for COVID-19 Mongolia steps up police force to better protect children ICPC presents prizes to winners of 20th anniversary essay competition in Enugu Djokovic pulls out of Paris Masters Spanish prime minister faces no-confidence motion Palestinian official Erekat connected to heart-lung machine NDIC wants all micro finance banks to key into NAMBUIT platform Technician re-arraigned for allegedly giving false information to police Reps minority caucus condemns alleged killing of protesters by security agents Water, Finance Ministries, others make presentations at 20th virtual FEC meeting Forum condemns hijack of #EndSARS protest in Edo Report any disrespectful EKEDC staff members for action- Official 11 killed, 13 injured in stampede in Afghanistan’s eastern Jalalabad city Police Brutality: Buhari welcomes establishment of Judicial Panel of Inquiry by 13 States Privatising mini hydro dams critical in addressing Nigeria’s agriculture, power needs—Minister #EndSARS protest can be resolved without bloodshed says legal practitioner Researchers discover doorway used by COVID-19 virus to enter human cells National forests in 5 Colorado counties forced to close due to wildfires NGO condenms killings of protesters, innocent Nigerians CBN receives 2,051 fraud-related complaints in 6 months 111 dead, 22 missing in central Vietnam’s natural disasters