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Parliamentary questions
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13 August 2019
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: P-002153/2019

The Commission renewed the approval of glyphosate for 5 years(1) following a scientific assessment demonstrating that it can be expected that Plant Protection Products (PPPs) containing glyphosate can be used safely, provided all necessary conditions are respected(2).

Following the renewal of the approval of glyphosate, Member States had to re-assess each authorised PPP containing glyphosate, in light of the renewal conditions, and upon application.

Member States can also take measures under the Sustainable Use Directive(3) to privilege in a non-discriminatory manner the use of PPPs with lower risk in certain specific areas or to restrict the use of certain PPPs by non-professional users, to avoid dangerous handling operations(4).

While it is for Member States to assess whether a draft measure must be considered a technical regulation within the meaning of Directive 2015/1535(5) and, therefore, subject to the obligation to notify it to the European Commission, when a measure that should have been notified is adopted without prior notification, there is a breach of EC law. To date, Austria has not notified a draft act banning the placing on the market of PPPs containing glyphosate.

A blanket ban outside this legal framework would not be in line with EC law.

(1)Until 15 December 2022.
(2)Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2324, OJ L 333, 15.12.2017, p. 10.
(3)Directive 2009/128/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 October 2009 establishing a framework for Community action to achieve the sustainable use of pesticides.
(4)Such measures have been enacted at national or regional level to reduce the use of certain herbicides, for example by Belgium or by Carinthia (Austria), respectively.
(5)Directive (EU) No 2015/1535 of the European Parliament and the Council of 9 September 2015 laying down a procedure for the provision of information in the field of technical regulations and of rules on Information Society services.

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