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Appeals Committee glyphosate ‘no opinion’ yet another blow for EU science-based decision making

This no opinion from the Appeals Committee is yet another blow for science-based decision making in the EU. ECPA shares the sentiment voiced by Commissioner Andriukaitis when he said decisions should remain based on science, not on political convenience. With this decision they cast doubt on that system, and create fear and confusion amongst Europe’s consumers – the very people the system is designed to protect. We hope the Commission, given that it was originally happy to propose a 15-year extension will now proceed to adopt the decision on its own, as failure to re-approve glyphosate would have significant negative repercussions for the competitiveness of European agriculture, the environment, and the ability of farmers to produce safe and affordable food.