EU Member State experts were due to reach a decision on Monday on a temporary re-extension of authorisation for glyphosate products.
This would have been for approximately 18 months.
However, at a standing committee meeting ‘no opinion’ was reached.
The commission is now likely to take the temporary re-extension to appeals committee, a process in which Member States are invited to explain their opinions. If nothing changes following these discussions, the college of 28 commissioners will make a decision on the extension.
The NFU will press for a vote in favour in due course, although there are no indications when any of this will happen yet.
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Since there was no opinion at the standing committee, the decision will now go through the appeals process. This involves a meeting of representatives of each member state (not standing committee experts) being asked about its position on the extension and if it is going to change its view. The commission may also plan to bring another proposal forward at this meeting that it will have previously shared. It is estimated that an appeals committee will take place on the week of 20 June.
The committee should only take one day and either an extension will be authorised or once again no opinion will be reached. If no consensus can be reached then the college of 28 commissioners will be called upon to take a decision on the matter. They too will debate among themselves whether the commission should come out favour or not. There is also the possibility that the commission will not act and the authorisation would lapse. This would not mean an immediate withdrawal of products containing glyphosate. It is likely six months would be allowed for this to happen, but nonetheless re-approval could still take place in this time.