BRUSELAS, 23 Oct. (EUROPA PRESS) -
The acting Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, recalled this Monday that Spain supports the European Commission's proposal to extend permits for the use of glyphosate for 10 years, the most used herbicide both globally and in the Union. European Union, and has asked for "consistency" with scientific advice, which supports its use.
This was stated upon his arrival at the meeting of European ministers in the field that Planas leads this Monday in Luxembourg within the framework of the Spanish presidency of the Council and which was also attended on this occasion by his Ukrainian counterpart, Mykola Solskyi.
"My position is very clear: we have to follow scientific advice. If science and our organizations recommend banning a certain product, we follow their advice, and if they support its use, too," the minister added.
The decision on glyphosate licenses has been delayed to November after a lack of agreement was noted among the Twenty-Seven in the vote that took place on October 13 in a Standing Committee in which both the Member States and the Commission itself.
Brussels proposed, based on a report from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), to renew the permits for the herbicide for a period of 10 years, but since the necessary majority to adopt or reject the proposal was not reached, it will now be presented to the Committee of Appeal, also composed of representatives of the EU countries and chaired by the Commission.
However, Planas predicts the same result in the next vote, scheduled for the first half of November, since "there is no position" of the Twenty-seven, so the decision will be "in the hands of the Commission", from which he expects a "coherent" decision.