ER Editor: The real gut-grabbing story here is why on earth the EU Commission is reapproving this highly toxic product in the first place. The power of lobbies? Well, we know they’ve tried fast-tracked poisoning of us already through Covid ‘vaccines’, so why would glyphosate bother them? See —
Of note (notice the use of the word ‘scientific’) —
The European Commission has proposed to renew the approval of glyphosate – a common and contentious herbicide – for a period of 10 years, with a number of restrictions.
The EU executive submitted a draft regulation on Tuesday (20 September) to member states, foreseeing the renewed approval of glyphosate for the EU market beyond 15 December this year, when the current approval expires.
“It is appropriate to provide for a renewal of the approval of glyphosate for a period of ten years,” the text reads.
Commission spokesman Stefan de Keersmaecker told reporters on Wednesday (20 September) the proposal was “based on scientific, solid information considering different active substances involved.”
The article below basically reveals that despite whichever influential member state may vote against the EU Commission’s proposal, a majority – 55% of member states representing around 65% of the EU citizenry – must vote against it in order for it to be stopped.
Vienna to vote against EU glyphosate re-approval
JULIA DAHM for EURACTIV
Austria will vote against the European Commission’s proposal to renew the approval of glyphosate, the country’s agriculture ministry confirmed on Monday (25 September).
After the European Commission submitted its proposal to re-approve glyphosate, the most widely used herbicide in the EU, for ten years, EU countries are now set to decide on the contentious draft.
In the vote, scheduled for the October meeting of the EU’s Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (PAFF), Vienna will vote against the renewal, the country’s agriculture ministry told news agency APA on Monday.
As a ministry spokesperson confirmed to Euractiv, the Austrian government is legally obliged to vote against any renewed approval of glyphosate at the European level following a 2017 decision in the national parliament’s EU affairs committee.
At the time, the Greens, the Social Democrats, and the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) passed a motion on the matter, which is still binding to centre-right agriculture minister Norbert Totschnig now, even though his Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) voted against it at the time.
Meanwhile, the Greens, the ÖVP’s current junior partner in government, welcomed the ministry’s commitment to abide by the parliamentary decision and vote against renewing glyphosate.
“The task now is to ban glyphosate from our fields throughout Europe. Austria is doing its part,” the party’s agricultural policy spokesman, Clemens Stammler, said in a statement.
Stammler also called on other countries to follow Vienna’s example.
“We are in close contact with our Green colleagues in Europe, for example in Germany and in the European Parliament,” he said.
Allies in Germany, France
In Germany, Green agriculture minister Cem Özdemir told Euractiv last week that he is pushing against the re-approval and is also lobbying other countries on the matter.
However, he could end up being forced to abstain rather than vote against the Commission’s proposal, as the Liberals in government have said they are in favour of the re-approval.
If the coalition partners disagree on EU matters, it is customary for the German government to abstain.
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