The European parliament has barred lobbyists working for the Monsanto Company from entering the institution after the company refused to participate in a hearing called to look into allegations that it tampered with studies investigating the safety of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide.
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What’s the Problem?
October 10, 2017 – Members of European parliament (MEPs) have banned Monsanto lobbyists from entering parliament after the company skipped a hearing into allegations of regulatory interference, according to The Guardian. It 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.
The ban dictates that Monsanto officials will now be refused access to MEPs, committee meetings and the use of digital resources on parliament premises in Brussels or Strasbourg.
While the action still requires a formal process to enforce, a spokesman for Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, said that leaders of all major parliamentary blocks have voted in favor of the ban.
“One has to assume it is effective immediately,” he said.
A meeting scheduled for Thursday is expected to hear allegations that Monsanto unduly influenced studies regarding the potential health effects of glyphosate.
“Those who ignore the rules of democracy also lose their rights as a lobbyist in the European parliament,” said the Green party president Philippe Lamberts. “US corporations must also accept the democratic control function of the parliament. Monsanto cannot escape this.”
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