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A committee is permitted to organise a hearing with experts, where this is considered essential to its work on a particular subject. Hearings can also be held jointly by two or more committees. Most committees organise regular hearings, as they allow them to hear from experts and hold discussions on the key issues. On this page you will find all the available information relating to committee hearings, including programmes and contributions from speakers.

11-10-2017 - The Monsanto papers and glyphosate

ENVI AGRI 12-10-2017 - 12:04
Structural model of glyphosate molecule on a blackboard.

On 11 October, a joint ENVI/AGRI public hearing was held on "The Monsanto papers and glyphosate”. Glyphosate is a widely used, but highly controversial plant protection product and the active substance in Monsanto's weed killer Roundup. EFSA and ECHA concluded that glyphosate is safe, while the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified it as “probably carcinogenic to humans”.

At the hearing, the scientific basis for the risk assessment of glyphosate was discussed, as well as the alleged influence of industry on this assessment in the US and the EU. The focus was on the so-called "Monsanto papers": in the context of a US court case brought by plaintiffs claiming that they got cancer due to glyphosate exposure, internal Monsanto emails were released suggesting that the scientific assessment of glyphosate might have been influenced by Monsanto.

The hearing took place against the background of the ongoing debate over the renewal of glyphosate's approval. The current EU approval expires on 15 December 2017, and the Commission has proposed a renewal for ten years. The hearing should provide Parliament with the necessary information to decide on possible follow-up action.

Location : JÓZSEF ANTALL - 2Q2

    Poster

CVs

      Carey Gillam
      Christopher Portier
      David Kirkland
      Kate Guyton
      Jose V. Tarazona
      Martin Pigeon
      Tim Bowmer

Presentations

      Carey Gillam
      Christopher Portier
      David Kirkland
      Kate Guyton
      Jose V. Tarazona
      Martin Pigeon
      Tim Bowmer