On July 3, the Stop Glyphosate coalition officially presented the results of the “Stop Glyphosate” European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) to 28 European national authorities, with 1,320,517 signatures collected.
In the 90s, a new class of insecticides developed by Bayer and Syngenta named ‘neonicotinoids’ were put on the market in the European Union. Rapidly, European beekeepers have faced dramatic mortalities in their apiaries when imidacloprid, thiamethoxam and clothianidin’s uses increased across our agricultural land. Many areas of the country side turned into toxic places for bees and more and more beekeepers seeked refuge in cities or more natural areas.
On 20 July 2017 the Commission restarted discussions with Member States on the possible renewal of license to use glyphosate for another 10 years.
The Commission will look for the support of a qualified majority of Member States, and EU governments will be invited to vote on this proposal after the summer. Based on the outcome, the Commission will take a final decision before the end of the year, when the current EU glyphosate license expires.