Europe isn’t only calls for austerity and budget restrictions, and sometimes it’s prepared to show it. Last week, in fact, the European Parliament approved the composition of a special enquiry commission to look into authorization procedures for pesticides. Though the battle over renewal has been lost—at least for the moment—a civil awareness is growing around glyphosate and agrochemicals in general that politics can no longer afford to ignore.
On October 25th the European Commission will announce its decision on the renewal of the use of glyphosate for the next ten years. It will be a critical decision: to ban the world’s most used weedkiller would be tantamount to a transformation of the agricultural sector, a civilized choice that would herald the dawn of a new era.
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.