Brussels, 19th July 2017 – Today, as regulators met at the EU Commission headquarters to discuss the future of Glyphosate – the most used, and possibly most controversial, herbicide active substance in the world – citizens and civil society organizations from all over Europe gathered in the square outside the Berlaymont complex in a symbolic stunt.
EU Member States finally agree on criteria to identify Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs): but this is hardly a success....
Brussels, July 4th, 2017
On Tuesday 4th of July, Member States voted in favour of the Commission’s proposal on EDC criteria, which will be used to identify pesticides that are endocrine disruptors in the future. In the meantime, the Commission has asked the scientific consultation group of EFSA and ECHA to prepare a guidance document that explains in detail how these criteria will be applied. The negligible risk derogation has not been presented yet, although the Commission had reassured the Member States that this will be discussed again in the future.
The European Citizens’ Initiative to ban Glyphosate kicked off in early February 2017, after mounting public concern about the hazardousness of the world’s most-used weedkiller, Roundup Ready, since the World Health Organization published a study where it linked Glyphosate to cancer in 2015. WeMove.eu - together with PAN-Europe and other civil society organizations, as well as campaigners and activists - launched this ECI to ban Glyphosate, to reform the EU pesticides approval process, and to set mandatory targets to reduce pesticide use in the EU.
More than one million Europeans stand up against Glyphosate
Fastest-growing European Citizens’ Initiative demonstrates huge societal concern about pesticides