EU countries failed on Wednesday [October 25] to vote on a license extension for weedkiller glyphosate, delaying again a decision on the widely used herbicide that critics say could cause cancer.
The European Commission said in a statement the relevant committee did not hold a vote at a meeting and that it would announce the date of the next meeting shortly.
It also failed to vote at a meeting earlier this month. The current license expires at the end of the year.
In anticipation of a vote, the European Parliament called on October 24 for the weedkiller to be phased out in the next five years, prompting the Commission to drop its proposal for a 10-year license extension.
The Commission then said it would seek to find a consensus around an extension of between five and seven years.
[Separate Reuters story:] France is prepared to accept a four-year license extension for controversial weedkiller glyphosate in order to reach a consensus among European Union countries, the government’s spokesman said on Wednesday.
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