Today, the 10th of June, PAN Europe sent an open letter concerning the phase out of the pesticide Glyphosate to the Health and Food Safety Commissioner Andriukaitis, Commission President Junker and the Ambassadors of Member States.
31 signatories of European environmental, health, trade union, consumer protection and medical organisations – called to stop any further prolongation of the authorization of Glyphosate for such reasons: the BfR and EFSA assessment of Glyphosate is grossly flawed, Glyphosate does qualifiy as dangerous to human health and therefore cannot legally be authorised and, finally, further use of Glyphosate would pose an unacceptable health threat to Europeans.
We strongly call on Commission and member states to refuse the renewal or extension of the European licence for Glyphosate after 30 June 2016.
Please find the full open letter attached below:
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Today, Pesticide Action Network Europe together with 38 European health and environmental organisations, are sending an open letter to the decision-makers of the 28 EU Member States to urge them to vote against the reauthorisation of the cancer-causing pesticide ingredient glyphosate, and protect its people from this spreading disease.
The vote, which has already been postponed once due to lack of consensus among Member States, will take place on the 18th or 19th of May 2016 during the meeting of the “Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed” of DG SANTE of the European Commission. The letter is addressed to the all the Ministry representatives of the EU member States that will vote in Brussels and to the Ministers themselves.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Expert opinion proves systematic misinterpretation of glyphosate studies
The Munich Environmental Institute (Umweltinstitut München) and Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Germany join PAN Europe and 5 EU environmental organisations in their legal proceedings against those responsible for the assessment of glyphosate in Europe (Monsanto, German government institute –BfR - and European Food Safety Authority-EFSA).
The EU environmental organizations, in an initiative taken by Global 2000 Austria file new evidence to the state attorney in Berlin today showing that the responsible institutions misinterpreted research studies during the assessment procedure in order to conceal the carcinogenic risks associated with glyphosate and facilitate its re-approval.
Monday, March 7, 2016
Today, several environmental, health and other NGOs will deliver to the EU Health Commissioner and Member State representatives over 180,000 signatures from European citizens to ban glyphosate. The NGOs will be in front of the building where Member States will vote on Monday whether to renew the EU authorization for glyphosate for another 15 years.
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Environmental NGOs press charges against Monsanto, German government institute and European Food Safety Authority
Brussels, 2nd of March 2016. Six environmental NGOs (Global 2000, PAN Europe, PAN UK, Generations Futures, Nature et Progrès Belgique and Wemove.EU) from five European countries are filing today a formal complaint against those responsible for the assessment of glyphosate in Europe, for denying the cancer causing effects of glyphosate and getting its European market license renewed.
On March 2015, glyphosate was classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as a probable human carcinogen. But in Europe, the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) ,-acting as a Rapporteur for the European Commission- and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), approved the industry’s application and proposed to classify glyphosate as “non-carcinogenic”. The 2009 EU pesticides law (1107/2009) forbids active substances, which can cause cancer, from being used as pesticides but now the green light has been given for glyphosate's re-approval in Europe.