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