10 Jan 2017
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 10 JANUARYBrussels Daily
Commission registers ‘Ban Glyphosate’ European Citizens’ Initiative
The European Commission has decided today to register a European Citizens Initiative (ECI) inviting the Commission “to propose to Member States a ban on glyphosate, to reform the pesticide approval procedure, and to set EU-wide mandatory reduction targets for pesticide use”. The initiative will be formally registered on 25 January. This registration will start a one-year process of collection of signatures in support of the proposed ECI by its organisers. The Commission’s decision to register the Initiative concerns only the legal admissibility of the proposal. The College has not analysed the substance of the initiative at this stage. Should the ECI receive one million statements of support within one year, from at least seven different Member States, the Commission will have to react within three months. The Commission can decide either to follow the request or not follow the request and in both instances would be required to explain its reasoning. A press release is available here.
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