The Austrian government has made it known that glyphosate will not be banned as planned, due to an error in the transmission of the notificationHe is about to end up run over, his mother saves him
The Austrian government made it known yesterday that glyphosate will not be banned starting next January, as was expected.
THEAustria should have banned the use of the dangerous herbicide starting next January, becoming the first glyphosate-free European country but, due to an error in the transmission of the notification to the European Commission, the herbicide will continue to be used.
Let's retrace the stages of this particular story, to better understand what is happening.
Last July, the Austrian Parliament approved a ban on the use in agriculture of products containing glyphosate, according to the precautionary principle. The decision
The new law was then notified to the European Commission, which should have given an opinion on the matter, by 29 November this year. Before being able to enter into force, in fact, it was necessary for the legislation to receive the green light from the European Union.
Back in October, environmentalists raised concerns about the Commission blocking the ban's entry into force, spurred on by pressure from Bayer-Monsanto.
The WeMove movement also launched an online petition to ask Europe not to give in to such pressure, to respect the right of each member state to legislate on glyphosate and therefore not to prevent the application of the Austrian ban.
In late November, the European Commission sent a letter to the Austian government criticizing the way the ban had been introduced. Although the Commission did not directly prevent the implementation of the legislation, the Austrian Ministry of the Environment said it was dubious about the entry into force of the ban.
Now the government has confirmed that the ban will not go into effect starting next January: the official reason for the decision is that the European Commission was not informed correctly and in time.
Il glyphosate, developed by Monsanto and now marketed by Bayer, cIt will therefore continue to be used in Austriadespite well-founded concerns about its safety.
We remind you that already in 2015 the World Health Organization included glyphosate among the probably carcinogenic substances and that in the literature there are more and more studies confirming the danger of this herbicide.
Greenpeace declared that the blocking of the ban represents "a true betrayal of democracy", while the Social Democrats, who voted in favor of the ban in July and who today said they will put the question in parliament next Wednesday, have defined The government's decision to lift the ban is "incomprehensible".
If Austria had banned the use of glyphosate, it would have been the first European country to do so and probably other EU countries would have followed. France and Germany for example, but also several Municipalities of Lazio and Tuscany, had planned to ban the gifosato to protect the health of citizens: turnaround of Austria it will effectively block these initiatives.
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