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EFFAT welcomes new committee on pesticides

European Commission fails to protect citizens against proven risk of cancer

The controversial decision to re-approve the use of glyphosate for another five years has exposed some fundamental failures of the EU’s pesticide approval system, revealing that chemical companies have an undue influence on EU scientific assessments. The EC and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) disregarded the concerns of independent scientists, the European Parliament and the public, by labelling glyphosate as safe. EFFAT and many other organisations therefore welcome the Special Committee on the EU’s authorisation procedure for pesticides (PEST), set up by the European Parliament. EFFAT hopes that the PEST Committee will rebuild trust by investigating the failures of the EU pesticides regime and by making recommendations for improvement.

 

 

 

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    EFFAT applauds new committee on pesticides
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EFFAT is the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions. As a European Trade Union Federation representing 120 national trade unions from 35 European countries, EFFAT defends the interests of more than 22 million workers towards the European Institutions, European employers’ associations and transnational companies. EFFAT is a member of the ETUC and the European regional organisation of the IUF.