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quinta-feira, 28 de setembro de 2017

Commission seeks ‘largest possible’ support for glyphosate re-authorisation



An EU official said that a further round of member state talks would take place on 5-6 October.
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On 25 September, France reiterated its opposition to glyphosate, which is used in Monsanto’s Roundup product. Following particular pressure from French farmers who expressed concerns about an immediate ban and the lack of cheap alternatives in the market, Paris said it was open to a five-year phase-out period.
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Applying glyphosate

France reaffirms opposition to glyphosate licence renewal


France reaffirmed on Monday (25 September) its opposition to plans by the European Commission to extend its approval for the weed killer product glyphosate, the prime minister’s office said.

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The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) have already given it a positive assessment and the European Commission proposed a 10-year re-authorisation of the controversial weedkiller, as a compromise.

On the other hand, Copa-Cogeca, which represents EU farmers, has called for a full 15-year re-authorisation of the herbicide, which is the normal procedure in such cases. For the EU executive, the 10-year proposal is a “starting point” for discussion.
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Commission says 10-year glyphosate extension is a ‘starting point’ for debate

The European Commission believes a 10-year extension of glyphosate weedkiller is a “starting point” for debate and that it is the 28 EU member states which will have the final say, an EU official told EURACTIV.com.
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“The European Commission has proposed renewing its approval for glyphosate for another ten years. This is far too long, given the concerns that remain over this product, and France will vote against the proposal, as clearly laid out previously in July,” Prime Minister Édouard Philippe said in a statement.

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