Pesticides: Parliament to set up special committee 

The mandate and make-up of a special committee to look into the EU’s authorisation procedure for pesticides will be put to a vote on Tuesday.

The special committee is a response to concerns about the risk assessment of the herbicide glyphosate. EU member states renewed glyphosate’s marketing licence for five years in November last year.

The term of the special committee, which will have 30 members, is to be nine months from its first meeting. It will deliver a final report on its factual findings and recommendations, to be approved by Parliament as a whole.


In a resolution voted on in October, Parliament said that the release of the so-called “Monsanto Papers” from the company which owns and produces Roundup®, of which glyphosate is the main active substance, cast doubt on the credibility of some studies used in the EU’s glyphosate safety assessment.

The EU authorisation procedure, including the scientific evaluation of substances, should be based only on published, peer-reviewed and independent studies commissioned by competent public authorities, MEPs said, adding that EU agencies should be beefed up to allow them to work in this way.

Procedure Code: 2018/2534(RSO)

Vote:  Tuesday 06.02.18

Procedure:  mandate

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