A recent vote has paved the way to restrict the use of neonicotinoid pesticides across the entire European Union. Although a total ban was only supported by fifteen countries (not enough to form a majority), the Commission has imposed a two-year ban prohibiting its use.
Some of the remaining countries against the prohibition still believe that there is not enough scientific evidence to suggest a clear link between the pesticide and the decline of bees
For more information on neonicotinoid pesticides see our GAPP page here
For more on the story of the EU ban see the BBC news site