EU countries fail again to agree glyphosate extension

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union governments failed to offer a transparent opinion on Thursday on a proposal to increase by 10 years EU approval for the usage of glyphosate, the energetic ingredient in Bayer AG’s Roundup weedkiller.

A “certified majority” of 15 of the EU’s 27 nations, representing a minimum of 65% of the bloc’s inhabitants, had been required both to assist or block the proposal.

This was the second time EU governments have voted on the proposal after giving no clear opinion a month in the past, which means it returns to the European Fee to determine on the subsequent steps.

The fee may clear the extension or revise its proposal.

The earlier time glyphosate’s licence got here up for re-approval, the EU gave it a five-year extension after EU nations twice did not assist a 10-year interval.

(Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop; Modifying by Sudip Kar-Gupta and Bernadette Baum)

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