[ Diretor: Mário Frota [ Coordenador Editorial: José Carlos Fernandes Pereira [ Fundado em 30-11-1999 [ Edição III [ Ano XII

segunda-feira, 18 de setembro de 2017

Commission open to ‘biodiversity clause’ to end glyphosate deadlock

Commission: "So far, no member state has made a request to insert such a clause referring to biodiversity."
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The glyphosate debate heated up in September when French Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot announced Paris would vote against the renewal of Monsanto’s weed killer. [See background]

The 28 member states will vote on the EU executive’s proposal at the next Phytopharmaceuticals (PAFF) meeting on 5-6 October. In the event an agreement is not reached, the unofficial deadline is a vote at a ScoPAFF meeting on 6 November, as the glyphosate license is due to expire at the end of 2017.

EURACTIV was recently informed that Paris is testing waters with other member states regarding what stance they are willing to take in the upcoming vote.

France testing waters on glyphosate with other EU states

France has sent emails to several diplomatic services in Brussels trying to find out what stance they will take in an upcoming vote on the re-authorisation of the controversial glyphosate weed killer, an EU diplomat told EURACTIV.com

According to the rules, a blocking minority can be achieved by little more than 45% of the member states or by a group of countries representing at least 35% of the bloc’s population, if it includes is a minimum of four member states.


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