EURACTIV PR

An easy way of publishing your relevant EU press releases.

At the S&D’s request, the European Parliament creates a special committee to scrutinise the Monsanto scandal

Sections

Agriculture & Food
Health & Consumers
Climate & Environment
Today the plenary of the European Parliament in Strasbourg backed the creation of a special committee to find out whether the multinational producing glyphosate - an active ingredient in broadly used pesticides - tried to influence independent scientific research and therefore EU legislation. The mandate, however, will be broader in order to analyse the system by which pesticides are approved into the European market.
 
S&D vice-president for sustainability Kathleen Van Brempt said:
 
“We have strong concerns on the potentially harmful impact of glyphosate on human health, and we want to know what was behind the renewal of its license. This special committee on pesticides will analyse whether the positive reports on glyphosate by the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA), and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) were influenced by its developer. 
 
“But this would not be enough; our political group requested a special committee because we want to go beyond the Monsanto papers. If there are flaws in the approval procedure of pesticides, we want to be able to fix them and make sure that health is always put ahead of the economic interests of big corporations. Authorisation and renewal procedures should be based on objective and independent scientific research, preferably by public research institutions. The special committee’s aim is to make the decision-making and evaluation processes transparent and objective.”
 
The composition of the special committee will be voted on by the Parliament on Thursday 8 February 2018.

Jobs

European Helicopter Association EHA
Social Media Intern
European Union Satellite Centre
Communications Officer
European Solar Manufacturing Council (ESMC)
ESMC Policy Analyst
Gas Infrasturcture Europe
EU Junior Policy Officer at GIE and ERGaR
Energy Efficiency in Industrial Processes (EEIP)
Communications & EU-project manager (part-time 50%)