The Law establishing a possibility of derogation from the ban on neonicotinoids and other substances having the same mode of action in case of emergency situations for sugar beets was released in mid-December 2020.
The derogations will be set by joint orders of the Ministers of Agriculture and of the Environment after the release of an opinion by a new dedicated Supervisory Board. Derogations will be granted according to the procedures provided for emergency situations in the European regulation by Article 53 of Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009.
Derogations may only be granted in the case of treated seeds (spray treatments are therefore excluded) and only until 1st July 2023, pending alternative solutions are developed.
To limit potential impacts on pollinators, the Law also stipulates that seeding or planting attractive crops in treated fields shall be temporarily banned.
In parallel, the Decree updating the list of banned neonicotinoids and other active substances with an identical mode of action was also released (see our previous article). As a reminder, the three banned substances still authorised at European level are acetamiprid, flupyradifurone and sulfoxaflor.
To download (in French):
Law No. 2020-1578 of 14 December 2020 as regards the conditions of placing on the market of plant protection products in case of emergency situations for sugar beets.
Decree No. 2020-1601 of 16 December 2020 listing the banned active substances from the neonicotinoids family or with a neonicotinoid-like mode of action in accordance with Article L. 253-8 of the French Rural Code.
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