Why the EU Commission's renewal of glyphosate authorization should be annulled

Note prepared by prof. Olivier De Schutter, who was until 2014 the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food. He is now the co-chair of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food). The contribution of prof. Antoine Bailleux is gratefully acknowledged.

On 27 November 2017, the EU Member States, acting by a qualified majority within the appeal committee of the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed, approved the proposal of the European Commission for an  implementing regulation renewing the approval of the active substance glyphosate for a period of five years. The Implementing Regulation that the Commission is intent on adopting on 12 December 2017, on the basis of that authorization, should be immediately challenged before the Court of Justice of the European Union.

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