With France set to vote against EU glyphosate re-registration this month, a group of French farmers have said they will go to the EU Court of Justice if the European Commission does not back the herbicide.
The license for glyphosate as an active substance under the Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 expires on 15 December 2017.
Last year, the EU extended glyphosate’s examination period to await the classification of ECHA, the European Chemicals Agency.
In March 2017, ECHA concluded that glyphosate is a safe substance and therefore cannot be classified as a carcinogen.
The French grain farmers’ union the OPG said: “Now, you have all the elements you need to approve the renewal of this substance which is an economical, effective and essential herbicide for me and for hundreds of thousands of farmers in Europe.
“Therefore, I am writing to you to ask you to adopt, as soon as possible, the necessary legal measures to renew the European approval of glyphosate as an active substance in phytopharmaceutical products by 15 December 2017.”
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