– Marco Contiero, Greenpeace EU agriculture policy director
Today's vote makes it crystal clear that there is overwhelming scientific, political and public support for a ban.
Those countries opposing a ban have failed. Now, the Commission must draw the only conclusion possible and immediately halt the use of these pesticides as a first step to protect European food production and ecosystem.
A ban on pesticides feared to be killing bees was on the cards today after a majority of EU governments backed a move fiercely resisted by the UK coalition.