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European countries couldn’t come to a decision [May 18] over what to do about glyphosate, and so were back at it [May 19] in Brussels. And a vote might not even be held if the math doesn’t add up for a clear majority in favor of renewal, according to three EU sources close to the talks. The European Commission doesn’t want “to take the whole blame” for a failed vote by member countries, according to one of the sources. And the Commission is willing to risk a lawsuit from industry since the cost will fall to the member states that couldn’t decide in the first place. The Commission needs to decide by June 30 whether to renew market authorization for the pesticide. If not, after a six-month grace period, countries would be obliged to pull it from the market — a prospect that would wreak havoc for producers and farmers alike.
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