Answer given by Mr Dalli on behalf of the Commission
The Honourable Member is invited to refer to Commission's reply to Written Questions
P‑10522/2010, E‑6135/2011 and E‑6375/2011(1) which also relate to the recent report published on the Internet and in which the safety in use of glyphosate and its formulated products is criticised.
Meanwhile, the rapporteur Member State (RMS), Germany, has delivered its views on the above report and these are currently being examined in the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health.
Pending the outcome of that examination the Commission considers it is not appropriate to withdraw the current inclusion of glyphosate or to address specific recommendations to the German authorities.
Glyphosate is included in the renewal programme laid down by Regulation (EC) No 1141/2010(2). In 2012, a supplementary dossier will have to be submitted by the applicant to the RMS for the re-assessment of the substance. The scientific re-assessment of the substance shall have to be concluded at the latest in 2014 in case of EFSA consultation, and the decision making process by the Commission (approval or ban) should be completed by end of 2015.
The Commission is currently working on the new data requirements, which are expected to be adopted early 2012.