European Parliament sets up special committee on EU authorisation process for pesticides

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The European Parliament has adopted the mandate of a special committee to look into the EU’s authorisation procedure for pesticides.

The decision follows concerns over EU glyphosate risk assessment Special committee to assess potential failures and conflicts of interest. Committee composition will be put to the vote this week.

The special committee is a response to concerns raised about the risk posed by the herbicide substance glyphosate. The herbicide had its marketing licence renewed by EU member states for five years in November last year.

The special committee will assess:

  • the authorisation procedure for pesticides in the EU;
  • potential failures in how substances are scientifically evaluated and approved;
  • the role of the European Commission in renewing the glyphosate licence;
  • possible conflicts of interest in the approval procedure;
  • the role of EU agencies, and whether they are adequately staffed and financed to fulfil their obligations.

The term of the special committee, which will have 30 members, is to be nine months from its first meeting. It will deliver a final report of its factual findings and recommendations, to be approved by the full House.

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