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.
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.
“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.