Since 1 January 2021, products containing glyphosate--a plant protection product used as a herbicide and considered toxic and carcinogenic--were no longer authorised in Luxembourg. But the basis for this decision was challenged by the pharmaceutical company Bayer. In its appeal against the state, the company argued that it was not within the competence of the government to implement such a ban. The administrative court ruled in its favour on 15 July 2022. The State then appealed to the administrative court.
On 30 March, the latter confirmed the annulment of “the decisions to withdraw the marketing authorisation for eight plant protection products containing the active substance glyphosate” which had been pronounced in the first instance. The press release published by the ministry of agriculture, viticulture and rural development states that “the annulment means that the authorisations for the plant protection products in question are reinstated as of the date of the judgment.”
It also states that “after a detailed analysis of the judgment, the Government in Council will decide on the follow-up to be given, which will be communicated in due course. To be continued.”
This story was first published in French on Paperjam. It has been translated and edited for Delano.