4 maart 2016
House of Representatives calls on State Secretary for Economic Affairs to back EU-wide glyphosate ban
In the impending EU decision on a renewal of the marketing authorization for glyphosate with another 15 years, the Netherlands should vote against. A majority in the House of Representatives has called on State Secretary Martijn van Dam (Economic Affairs) to oppose such a renewal. The matter will be discussed in Brussels on 7 March.
The World Health Organization has labelled the weed killer a probable carcinogen liable to enter drinking water supplies through surface and ground water. This would force drinking water suppliers to implement additional measures to remove glyphosate from surface or ground water during the production process of drinking water.
During the Continued General Consultation on Crop Protection Agents by the House of Representatives on 2 March, MP Rik Grashoff tabled a motion calling for a ban on the use of chemical weed killers on paved surfaces by the general public. Vewin is happy to hear that a ban is now within reach.
The State Secretary responded that such a ban had already been agreed to by State Secretary Sharon Dijksma (Infrastructure and the Environment). As far as the possible renewal of the marketing authorization for glyphosate is concerned, Mr van Dam proposed adopting the position of the Board for the Authorisation of Plant Protection Products and Biocides (Ctgb). The Ctgb is in favour of renewal.
The House of Representatives is expected to hold an emergency debate next week, once again with glyphosate on the agenda.
Please also refer to Vewin's position on crop protection agents (in Dutch)