Glyphosate: still no vote! France must obtain a rapid and definitive exit from glyphosate

  October 25, 2017

October 25, 2017: Generations Futures announces the absence of a European decision on glyphosate.

The Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (organ of the Council) met today to discuss the burning issue of glyphosate.
Despite the European Commission’s (EC) new proposal to renew the authorisation of glyphosate from 5 to 7 years instead of the 10 years initially proposed, the Commission failed to reach a qualified majority in favour of its proposal (Germany and Portugal abstained on 10 years, 16 countries supported this proposal; France, Greece, Croatia, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Austria, Slovenia and Slovenia supported this proposal.

The vote is therefore deferred until November 6.

“After yesterday’s vote in the European Parliament calling for a scheduled release of glyphosate in the EU and following this new failure by the European Commission on a proposal not providing for the release of glyphosate, it is clear that France has a key role to play in Europe and must gather around a proposal for the rapid release of this herbicide classified as a probable carcinogen by the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer)” says F. Veillerette, spokesperson for Generations Futures.

“It is this type of proposal that European citizens expect, as demonstrated by the success of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) on this issue, and it is the only one that can protect public health and our environment. Our expectations of the French government are therefore extremely high on this issue”, he concludes.