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25 October 2017, Brussels – Representatives of the 28 European Member States failed to reach an agreement on the proposed European Commission reauthorisation of glyphosate today (1). 

Following the European Parliament’s adoption of a resolution asking for a full phase out of glyphosate by 2022 with no extension yesterday (2), the European Commission announced that it would reopen discussions on the terms of its proposal. An earlier document originally proposed a reauthorisation period of 10 years (3).

Commenting on the meeting, Natacha Cingotti, Health and Chemicals Policy Officer at the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) said:

“Member States should not be lured by the Commission’s offer to reduce the renewal period, which leaves the door fully open for a reauthorisation of glyphosate beyond 2022 and turns a deaf ear to the European Parliament’s demand for a full ban without any extension.”

“The science is clear about glyphosate’s numerous adverse effects on health and the environment, and the public all around Europe is asking for a glyphosate-free future. Safe and viable sustainable alternatives exist; politicians have the responsibility to agree on a full ban as soon as possible.” 

Ahead of today’s meeting, HEAL together with the Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL) urged EU ministers to reject the European Commission proposal on glyphosate (4). Adding to the 1.3 million signatures collected by the European Citizens’ Initiative to Stop Glyphosate (5), a poll released this week shows solid citizens’ support for a complete and outright ban of the world’s most-sold herbicide (6).

Notes to the editor:

(1) https://ec.europa.eu/food/sites/food/files/plant/docs/sc_phyto_20171025_pppl_agenda.pdf

(2) http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20171020IPR86572/meps-demand-glyphosate-phase-out-with-full-ban-by-end-2022

(3) https://www.politico.eu/article/commission-proposes-five-to-seven-year-renewal-of-glyphosate/

(4) http://env-health.org/resources/letters/article/heal-and-the-european-cancer

(5) https://stopglyphosate.org/en/

(6) https://www.sumofus.org/media/new-glyphosate-polls-2017-en/

The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) is a leading European not-for-profit organisation addressing how the environment affects health in the European Union (EU). With the support of more than 70 member organisations, HEAL brings independent expertise and evidence from the health community to different decision-making processes. Our broad alliance represents health professionals, not-for-profit health insurers, doctors, nurses, cancer and asthma groups, citizens, women’s groups, youth groups, environmental NGOs, scientists and public health research institutes. Members include international and Europe-wide organisations as well as national and local groups. Website: www.env-health.org. Follow HEAL on Facebook and Twitter @HealthandEnv

Contact:

Natacha Cingotti, Health and Chemicals Policy Officer, natacha@env-health.org, +32-2-234-3645