Pesticide glyphosate may be used in the EU for one year longer

17-Nov-2022 - Belgium

The controversial weed killer glyphosate may be used in the EU one year longer than previously planned.


The EU Commission will decide to extend the temporary approval of the weedkiller until Dec. 15, 2023, a spokeswoman for the EU Commission told Deutsche Presse-Agentur on Tuesday. The decision has not yet been formally made, she said, but this will be done by Dec. 15. That's when the current approval for glyphosate in the EU expires.

The commission said it was legally obligated to extend the approval, even though many EU states have not agreed to the extension. Additional time is needed, it said, for the relevant EU authority to review all necessary information and make a legally sound assessment of the safety of the drug. A long-term decision regarding glyphosate is then to be made.

Among other things, the pesticide is criticized for causing cancer, but manufacturer Bayer <DE000BAY0017> vehemently rejects this. Germany wants to ban glyphosate from the beginning of 2024./mjm/DP/jha (dpa)

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