European Citizens' Initiative "Ban glyphosate"

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The thematic debate "Ban Glyphosate" in the framework of the NAT Section meeting took place on 5 April 2017 at the EESC.


A European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) has been recently launched to call on European Commission to propose a ban on glyphosate-based herbicides, "exposure to which has been linked to cancer in humans, and has led to ecosystems degradation" according to the ECI organisers. If the ECI receives the support of a million people from at least seven member states, the Commission will be obliged to consider a legislative response and provide justification for its decision.

The EESC debate was moderated by Mr Brendan BURNS, NAT Section president, with the participation of:

  • Ms Franziska ACHTERBERG, EU Food Policy Director – Greenpeace: promoter of the ECI
  • Mr Michael FLUEH, Head of Unit of the "Pesticides and biocides" unit - DG Health and Food Safety
  • Mr Graeme TAYLOR, Director of Public Affairs - ECPA - the European Crop Protection Association
  • Mr Oliver MOORE, Communications Director - ARC2020
  • Ms Oana NEAGU, Director - Copa Cogeca

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European Citizens' Initiative - Debate "Ban Glysophate"

Oliver Moore - presentation during the debate on Glysophate

Graeme Taylor - presentation during the debat on Glysophate