Readers may be aware, and pleased that the EU, having restricted the use of 3 neonicotinoids, actually increased those restrictions further for the same neonicotinoids.
That the EU then approved next generation neonics (Sulfoxaflor and Flupyradifurone) is unfortunately less well known.
If this is 'real progress', I hate to think what 'failure' might look like. I call this a 'neonics sham ban'.
Apparently, despite the EFSA investigation and report of 2012, the EU regulatory bodies have learned very little.
The restriction to 3 neonics (ban on outdoor use, greenhouse use permitted) received much media attention (including social media coverage), whilst the approvals of next generation neonics by the EU have received comparatively little attention.
For people to be falsely reassured is not great. I think it potentially gives a false impression as to what has actually been achieved, and a faith in the integrity of the EU pesticide regulatory system that is simply not warranted. There is little purpose in acknowledging the failure in a system, and then doing nothing to ensure such mistakes cannot happen again (let us remember, neonics were approved with inadequate evidence).
As I write (August 2018) this is still correct - from Hansards:
Sulfoxaflor was initially approved and registered for use in the USA in 2013, but the approval was overturned November 2015.