The European Commission secured on Monday an eleventh hour deal to renew authorisation for the systemic herbicide glyphosate with Germany, which had abstained in earlier votes, coming down in favour of a further five-year licence.
Nineteen of 28 national governments backed the EU executive’s proposal for a five-year extension of the EU licence for the world’s most widely used agricultural chemical, with only Portugal refusing a cast a ballot at an appeal hearing following an earlier indecisive vote.
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