Terre d’abeille et al v. the order of February 5, 2021

450194 ; 450199
February 26, 2021
Provisional judgment
France, Paris

Health/Food groups, Environmental NGOs, Beekeepers/Honey Producers, Unions
Terre d’abeille, Syndicat National d’Apiculture, CRIIGEN, Agir Pour l’Environnement (APE), Confédération Paysanne, Fédération Nature & Progrès
French Republic
Guillaume Tumerelle, Corinne Lepage

Administrative
Summary proceedings
Insecticide, Neonicotinoid, Imidacloprid, Thiamethoxam
Suspension of the application of the order of February 5, 2021 temporarily authorizing the use of sugar beet seeds treated with plant protection products.
Council of State of Paris, France
Court

March 15, 2021
Negative
The groups' motions to stay the 5/2/2021 order are denied.
National law

The associations file an appeal to suspend the order of February 5, 2021 reauthorizing neonicotinoids in seed protection for the cultivation of sugar beets to the Council of State. Despite an appeal by the Parliamentarians before the Constitutional Council, the law n° 2020-1578 relating to the conditions of marketing of certain phytopharmaceutical products in case of sanitary danger for sugar beets was adopted on December 14, 2020 and the application order on Feb. 5, 2021.
The Conseil d'Etat understands this order as merely implementing a law that has been declared constitutional by the Conseil constitutionnel. The legality of the order is thus not questionable.