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Parliamentary question - E-006135/2011(ASW)Parliamentary question

Answer given by Mr Dalli on behalf of the Commission

The Commission is aware of the report the Honourable Member is referring to which raises questions as regards the assessment of glyphosate and its products, such as Roundup.

The Honourable Member refers to studies which would have been carried out in the 1980s and 1990s. The Commission has asked the rapporteur Member State Germany, which was in charge of the original assessment, to provide their views on the facts listed in the report and will bring it up for discussion in a forthcoming Standing Committee of the Food Chain and Animal Health. As for any substance, the approval of a substance may be reconsidered in the light of adverse evidence revealed by experience. However, at this stage, the Commission does not consider appropriate to withdraw the current inclusion of glyphosate, nor the Commission Directive 2010/77/EU[1] which postponed its expiration data. In that respect, the Commission would also refer the Honourable Member to its answer to Written Question P‑10522/2010[2].

The Commission wants to confirm that the possible renewal of the inclusion of glyphosate, and the other active substances covered by Commission Directive 2010/77/EU, will be performed in the light of the new criteria laid down in Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009[3], which is applicable since 14 June 2011. In addition, peer reviewed open scientific literature will have to be taken into account during the renewal process.