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.
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.