Parliamentary question - P-010522/2010Parliamentary question

Error in the Commission's answer to my written question on glyphosate

Question for written answer P-010522/2010
to the Commission
Rule 117
Michail Tremopoulos (Verts/ALE)

In his answer[1] to my Written Question E‑7874/2010 on health risks from glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, the most widely sold weedkiller worldwide, Commissioner Dalli stated that the Commission was studying the issue and was open to re-examining its approval (which was originally scheduled for the end of June 2012 in accordance with Directive 91/414/EEC[2], as revised by Directive 2001/99/EC[3]).

Specifically, on 12.11.2010 it stated: ‘In any case, a programme for re-examination of active substances included in Annex I of Directive 91/414 as amended among others by Directive 2001/99, for which the approval period is near to expire, is currently under discussion and this programme includes glyphosate.’

We were surprised to learn from the Pesticides Action Network and GMWatch that the EU had, just two days earlier, on 10.11.2010, published Directive 2010/77/EE[4] amending Council Directive 91/414/EEC as regards the expiry dates for inclusion in Annex I[5] of certain active substances. It states that the expiry date for registration of glyphosate is deferred until 31 December 2015 (number 25 Annex I).

In view of the above, will the Commission say:

OJ C 279 E, 23/09/2011