BRUSSELS (AP) — An attempt to protect Europe's bee population appears to have kicked up a hornets' nest.
On Thursday, the EU's commissioner for health and consumer policy, Tonio Borg, discussed with the bloc's 27 countries his proposal to restrict use of three pesticides — called nenicotinoids — to crops that bees dislike. The policy would take effect July 1 and be reviewed after two years.
Frederic Vincent, a spokesman for Borg, confirmed that some countries reacted unenthusiastically, preferring further study. He declined to identify them.