The Standing Committee on Plant Animal Food and Feed, which consists of member states’ experts and the Commission, met earlier on Wednesday to discuss renewing the licence for the controversial weed killer.
A debate took place but no vote was taken because of the conflicting positions of the member states.
Greenpeace, a long-time opponent of glyphosate, summed up the ‘conflicting positions’:
“Media reports indicate that ten countries indicated that they would vote against a ten-year renewal of the glyphosate licence (Belgium, Greece, Croatia, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Austria, Slovenia and Sweden), while two countries would abstain (Germany and Portugal). Sixteen countries said they would vote in favour (Bulgaria, Denmark, Czech Republic, Estonia, Ireland, Spain, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Finland and the U.K.),” Greenpeace noted.