The European Commission will renew the permits for the use of glyphosate for a period of ten years in the absence of agreement among the Member States, which have not reached the qualified majority necessary to renew or reject the approval of glyphosate in the Appeal Committee this Thursday .
This Thursday’s vote came after a previous one that took place on October 13 in the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed, in which the member states also did not reach the majority necessary to approve or overturn the proposal.
In accordance with EU law and in the absence of the required majority in either direction, the Commission, which is obliged to adopt a decision by December 15, 2023, when the current approval period expires, has decided to extend the permits of the most used herbicide both globally and in the EU for another decade.
Brussels will now proceed to renew the approval of glyphosate, although subject to certain new conditions and restrictions including a ban on its use as a pre-harvest desiccant and the need for certain measures to protect organisms not targeted by the herbicide.
To make its decision, the Community Executive has referred to the report of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which in its evaluation report last July pointed out that the use of glyphosate does not represent a health risk.
Member States are responsible for the national authorization of plant protection products containing glyphosate and may restrict their use at national and regional level if they consider it necessary based on the outcome of risk assessments, taking into account in particular the need to protect biodiversity.