Briefing 
 

Calls for an EU-wide ban on glyphosate herbicide 

As long as serious concerns remain about the carcinogenicity and endocrine disruptive properties of the herbicide glyphosate, which is widely used in farming, forestry and gardening, the EU Commission should not renew its market authorisation, says a non-binding resolution to be put to a vote on Wednesday.

The EU Commission should launch an independent review and disclose all the scientific evidence that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) used to assess glyphosate, the text says, rather than renewing its market approval for another 15 years without any restrictions.


Note for editors

 

The decision on authorisation has to be taken by national experts sitting in the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (Phytopharmaceuticals Section). It can adopt or reject the Commission proposal by qualified majority. If there is no such majority, it is up to the European Commission to decide.

Glyphosate is an active substance widely used in herbicides. Patented in the early 1970s, it introduced to the consumer market in 1974 a broad-spectrum herbicide. Since its patent expired in 2000, glyphosate has been marketed by various companies and several hundred plant protection products containing glyphosate are currently registered in Europe for use on crops.


Procedure: Non-legislative resolution

2016/2624(RSP)

Vote: Wednesday, 13 April


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