EU green light for herbicide sparks protests

Brussels committee approves re-registration of paraquat against substantial opposition

Paraquat, the world's second most widely used herbicide after glyphosate, is to be re-registered for the EU market after a Brussels standing committee vote last week. The decision was taken despite opposition from several EU countries. It sparked protests from environmental groups, trade unions and MEPs.

Paraquat was among several substances considered last week by the EU standing committee on food chain and animal health. The substance is banned in Austria, Denmark, Finland and Sweden, and restricted in Germany. The first four opposed re-registration but failed to muster a blocking minority.

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