The Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) has been granted intervener status in the cases brought by Syngenta and Bayer against the European Commission in relation to its moratorium on certain uses of neonicotinoids.
AIC is one of just five applicants which have been granted leave to join in support of the cases being brought by the two companies. A number of other organisations have been given leave to join the cases in support of the Commission, who are the defendants.
The cases seek to argue that the decision by the Commission to place a moratorium on certain uses of clothianidin, thiamethoxam and imidacloprid were neither science or evidence-based, breached the precautionary principle and should therefore be overturned.
“On behalf of, and with the support of, our membership, we now have a responsibility to ensure we make a compelling case and build on our initial submission,” said AIC Chief Executive David Caffall.