Dear Commissioner Kyriakides,
We, the undersigned 28 environmental and health groups, urge you to immediately ban glyphosate from the European market on the basis of the overwhelming amount of scientific evidence showing that glyphosate, and glyphosate-based products, likely cause serious diseases to humans and are toxic for the environment and its species.
We are deeply concerned about the Commission’s decision to extend the glyphosate license for yet another year. In 2017 the European Parliament backed a full ban on glyphosate-based herbicides by December 2022 and supported immediate restrictions on the use of the substance. The Pesticides Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 aims to provide a high level of protection for humans, animals and the environment. In that respect, the current scientific and technical knowledge, as well as the monitoring data that we present in this letter, reveal that the approval criteria laid down in the Article 4 of Regulation 1107/2009 are not satisfied. Therefore, we urge you to withdraw glyphosate’s market license.