MEPs have called for a further reduction in the use of pesticides to save the EU's bees. 

Some MEPs said the EU Pollinators Initiative in 2018 fails to address the root causes of pollinator decline.

MEPs want the reduction of pesticide use to become a key part of the future Common Agricultural Policy.

A decline in the population of bees and other pollinators is an issue across the world.  

The numbers have been declining at an alarming rate, due to issues including farming practices, environmental pollution and climate change.

The decrease in pollinators could have dire consequences for the pollination of flowers and crops and for the food chain.

Fewer pollinators mean many plant species could decline or even disappear.

Mairead McGuinness secured the backing of the parliament this week in a vote on a report she carried out, which aims to combat pollinator decline. 

The Midlands North West MEP said her aim was to save not only honeybees, but flies, moths, beetle and butterflies. 

She said: "Pollinator decline is well documented across Europe, and one third of bee species in Ireland are threatened with extinction by 2030."
 
The report found that European Commission's pollinator initiative does not go far enough.

It says more funding must be made available to monitor pollinators and to combat the challenges they face.

It also calls for the development of low risk pesticides that are less harmful to pollinators and biodiversity.