France look set to vote against the EU Commission's proposed 5-year extension to the glyphosate licence, as reported by reuters.
The proposed extension would see glyphosate sales and use permitted for a further five years on the continent. The weedkiller has been said to cause cancer, by the UN health agency. Meanwhile, contrasting studies from the US recently found no links between cancer and glyphosate exposure and use, as reported by us here.
A junior French minister has said France will now vote against the extension, with the EU recently having said there are not health risks associated with its use. This decision by France, will make the licence renewal more difficult.
“The Commission will put one single proposition on the table on Monday: renewing glyphosate (license) for five years. In view of the risks, France will oppose this proposition and vote against it,” said Brune Poirson to newspaper Journal du Dimanche.
So far 50%, 14 out of 28, of EU countries voted in favour of the licence extension, with nine voting against it and five countries abstaining from the vote. EU rules state that a “qualified majority” of votes are needed in order to gain approval, this amounts to 16 favourable votes. This must be obtained before the expiring of its authorization on December 15th.
The Commission has confirmed their intentions to resubmit the proposal by the end of November.