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Antwort der Kommission und Folgemaßnahmen
Titel: Ban glyphosate and protect people and the environment from toxic pesticides
Derzeitiger Status: Geprüft
Registriernummer der Kommission: ECI(2017)000002
Datum der Registrierung: 25/01/2017
Bei der Registrierung verwendete Sprache: EN / Weitere Sprachen: BG CS DA DE EL EN ES ET FI FR HR HU IT LT LV MT NL PL PT RO SK SL SV

Ban glyphosate and protect people and the environment from toxic pesticides was submitted to the Commission on 06/10/2017, having gathered 1,070,865 statements of support. See press release.

The organisers met with European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Commissioner for Health & Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis on 23/10/2017. See press release.

public hearing took place at the European Parliament on 20/11/2017.

The Commission adopted a Communication on 12/12/2017 setting out the actions it intends to take in response to the initiative Ban glyphosate and protect people and the environment from toxic pesticides. See press release.

Answer of the European Commission:

Official documents:

Main conclusions of the Communication:

  • On the first aim, to "ban glyphosate-based herbicides", the Commission concluded that there are neither scientific nor legal grounds to justify a ban of glyphosate, and will not make a legislative proposal to that effect.
  • On the second aim, to “ensure that the scientific evaluation of pesticides for EU regulatory approval is based only on published studies, which are commissioned by competent public authorities instead of the pesticide industry”, the Commission committed to come forward with a legislative proposal by May 2018 to enhance the transparency in scientific assessments and the quality and independence of the scientific studies that are the basis of the assessments carried out by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The proposal will also cover other aspects, such as the governance of EFSA. 
  •  Finally, on the third aim, to "set EU-wide mandatory reduction targets for pesticide use, with a view to achieving a pesticide-free future”, the Commission concluded that it intends to focus on the implementation of the Sustainable Use Directive, and will re-evaluate the situation, initially in a report to Council and the Parliament on the implementation of the Directive to be produced in 2019.

Follow-up:

This page provides information on the follow-up actions that have been taken by the Commission and other institutions following the Commission's response:

Legislative action:

A proposal on transparency and sustainability of the EU risk assessment in the food chain was adopted by the Commission on 11/04/2018 in response to the second aim of the initiative (see above).

In order to address citizens' concerns and drawing also on the Commission's Fitness Check of the General Food Law, the proposal aims at revising the General Food Law Regulation (and other legal measures adopted in that context) strengthening the transparency in the risk assessment process and providing additional guarantees of reliability, objectivity and independence of the studies used by the European Food Safety Authority in risk assessments.

The key elements of the proposal:

  • Ensure more transparency, by allowing citizens to have automatic and immediate access to all safety related information submitted by industry in the risk assessment process, including all studies (confidential information will be protected in justified circumstances, to be verified by the European Food Safety Authority);
  • Create a common European Register of commissioned studies, to guarantee that companies applying for an authorisation submit all relevant information, and do not hold back unfavourable studies;
  • Allow additional studies to be requested by the European Food Safety Authority, upon request of the Commission and financed by the EU budget;
  • Allow controls and audits by the Commission to ensure the compliance of laboratories/studies with standards;
  • Require consultation of stakeholders and the public on studies submitted by industry to support product authorisation requests;
  • Increase Member States' involvement in the European Food Safety Authority's governance structure and scientific panels;
  • Strengthen risk communication to enhance consumer confidence by promoting public awareness, understanding and explaining in a better way the scientific opinions expressed by the European Food Safety Authority, as well as the basis of risk management decisions.

Next steps:

The legislative proposals will now be submitted to the European Parliament and the Member States for adoption.

The Commission aims for this proposal to be adopted still in the current legislative period, i.e. by mid-2019, for a swift implementation.

Further information on the proposal can be found in the press release and on the dedicated Commission website.

The Roadmap of this initiative was published on 21/12/2017 and the Public Consultation was carried out between 23/01/2018 and 20/03/2018.