Member States have voted to restrict the use of filpronil, an insecticide which allegedly poses a risk to bees. From 31 December, it will be illegal to treat maize and sunflower seeds with filpronil. The restriction will be reviewed in two years. BASF has already publicly disputed the merits of the decision, stating that other factors than pesticides are behind the decline in bee population in Europe. BASF considers the European Food Safety Authority study to contain several data gaps and criticizes the risk assessment scheme on which the research was based.
Press release from the European Commission is available here: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-13-708_en.htm?locale=en.