EP to call for glyphosate phase-out, with full ban by end 2020 

MEPs want a full ban on glyphosate-based herbicides by December 2020, and immediate restrictions on the use of the substance.

A draft resolution to be put to the vote on Tuesday opposes the European Commission’s proposal to renew the controversial herbicide licence for 10 years, as requested by some member states. Instead, MEPs say the EU should draw up plans to phase out the substance, starting with a complete ban on household use and a ban on using it for farming when biological alternatives (i.e. “integrated pest management systems”) work well for weed control.

Glyphosate should be completely banned in the EU by 15 December 2020, with the necessary intermediate steps taken, says the draft text.


Procedure:  non-legislative resolution

Vote:  Tuesday, 24 October