Lobbyists working for the Monsanto Company have been barred from entering the European parliament after the company refused to attend a hearing regarding allegations of regulatory interference into Roundup safety studies.
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What’s the Problem?
October 10, 2017 – Members of European parliament (MEPs) took the unprecedented step after Monsanto skipped a hearing called to discuss allegations that it tampered with studies investigating the safety of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide. This is the first time MEPs have implemented new rules granting it the power to block access to companies that ignore a summons to attend parliamentary inquiries or hearings, according to The Guardian.
Leaders of all parliamentary blocks voted to back the ban on Thursday. Monsanto officials will now be unable to meet MEPs, attend meetings, or use digital resources on parliament grounds at Brussels or Strasbourg.
A public hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday to discuss allegations that Monsanto unlawfully influenced studies into the safety of glyphosate.
“Those who ignore the rules of democracy also lose their rights as a lobbyist in the European Parliament,” said Philippe Lamberts, President of the Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance. “There remain many uncertainties in the assessment of the pesticide glyphosate. Monsanto has to face the questions of parliamentarians and should not hinder the clarification process.”
The lobby ban will be a bitter blow to Monsanto’s advocacy campaign ahead of a decision later this year about the relicensing of glyphosate, which has been deemed “probably carcinogenic to humans” by the World Health Organization (WHO).
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