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Commission registers ‘Ban Glyphosate’ European Citizens’ Initiative

A European Citizens Initiative (ECI) calling on the European Commission to propose to Member States a “… ban on glyphosate, to reform the pesticide approval procedure, and to set EU-wide mandatory reduction targets for pesticide use …” has been registered by the Commission – The initiative will be “… formally registered on 25 January, This registration will start a one-year process of collection of signatures in support of the proposed ECI by its organisers … Should the ECI receive one million statements of support within one year, from at least seven different Member States, the Commission will have to react within three months. The Commission can decide either to follow the request or not follow the request and in both instances would be required to explain its reasoning …”

Document Title: The title of the January 10, 2017 European Commission Press Release is “Commission registers ‘Ban Glyphosate’ European Citizens’ Initiative”

Organization: Press Office of the European Commission

Source: January 10, 2017 European Commission Press Release

Web site: The January 10, 2017 EC Press Release is posted at
http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-17-28_en.htm

Contact: Phil Hogan is the EC Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development and may be reached by e-mail at Phil.Hogan@EC.Europa.EU

Summary: The text of the January 10, 2017 EC Press Release follows:

The European Commission has decided today to register a European Citizens Initiative (ECI) inviting the Commission “to propose to Member States a ban on glyphosate, to reform the pesticide approval procedure, and to set EU-wide mandatory reduction targets for pesticide use”.

The initiative will be formally registered on 25 January, This registration will start a one-year process of collection of signatures in support of the proposed ECI by its organisers.

The Commission’s decision to register the Initiative concerns only the legal admissibility of the proposal. The conditions for admissibility, as foreseen by the ECI Regulation, are that the proposed action does not manifestly fall outside the framework of the Commission’s powers to submit a proposal for a legal act, that it is not manifestly abusive, frivolous or vexatious and that it is not manifestly contrary to the values of the Union.

The College of Commissioners discussed the legal admissibility of the proposed ECI today and concluded that the legal conditions for the registration of the ECI were fulfilled. The College has not analysed the substance of the initiative at this stage.

Should the ECI receive one million statements of support within one year, from at least seven different Member States, the Commission will have to react within three months. The Commission can decide either to follow the request or not follow the request and in both instances would be required to explain its reasoning.

Background

ECIs were introduced with the Lisbon Treaty and launched as an agenda-setting tool in the hands of citizens in April 2012, upon the entry into force of the ECI Regulation which implements the Treaty provisions.

Once formally registered, an ECI allows one million citizens from at least one quarter of EU Member States to invite the European Commission to propose a legal act in areas where the Commission has the power to do so.

If – and only if – a registered ECI receives the signatures of one million validated statements of support from at least seven Member States, the Commission must decide whether or not it would act, and explain the reasons for that choice.

For more information

Full text of the proposed “Ban Glyphosate” ECI (available from 25 January)
http://ec.europa.eu/citizens-initiative/public/initiatives/open/details/2017/000002

ECI Organisers’ Website
http://www.banglyphosate.eu/

Other ECIs currently collecting signatures
http://ec.europa.eu/citizens-initiative/public/initiatives/ongoing/details/2015/000005

ECI website
http://ec.europa.eu/citizens-initiative/public/welcome

ECI Regulation
http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:02011R0211-20131008&from=EN

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