Senza una decisione da parte dei governi sul glifosato, la Commissione europea ha prolungato l’autorizzazione all’uso dell’erbicida per altri 18 mesi.
Glyphosate in the EU. It will likely be authorised for another 9 years
The European Commission will likely authorise the weed killer glyphosate for another 9 years. The Parliament had suggested a 7 year-period instead.
Glyphosate is likely to be licensed for another 9 years. The authorisation period initially suggested was 15 years, but the European Parliament recently asked for 7. So this is the compromise found by the European Commission on the new authorisation – the existing one will expire in June – for the use of glyphosate in 28 member states. Glyphosate is the world’s most widely used herbicide, but associations, governments and international organisations casted doubt on its effects on human health. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said it is “probably carcinogenic”. The European Food Security Authority (EFSA) claimed it’s “unlikely to cause cancer in humans” but it proposed “new safety measure to limit glyphosate residues in food”.
Italy, France, and the Netherlands oppose the use of glyphosate in Europe
The European Commission’s draft comes after the postponement of the vote on glyphosate due to the opposition of Italy, France, and the Netherlands. They prevented the majority from being reached on the 8th of March. For this reason, the Commission is now “looking for a compromise to reach a vast majority of member states to make a definitive decision,” said Commision Health Chief Vytenis Andriukaitis.
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