• Mon­santo lob­by­ists

The Guardian Weekly - - Finance -

have been banned from en­ter­ing the Euro­pean par­lia­ment af­ter the multi­na­tional re­fused to at­tend a par­lia­men­tary hear­ing into allegations of reg­u­la­tory in­ter­fer­ence. It is the first time MEPs have used new rules to with­draw par­lia­men­tary ac­cess for firms that ig­nore a sum­mons to at­tend par­lia­men­tary in­quiries or hear­ings. Mon­santo of­fi­cials will now be un­able to meet MEPs, at­tend com­mit­tee meet­ings or use dig­i­tal re­sources on par­lia­ment premises in Brussels or Stras­bourg. MEPs had been in­censed at a Mon­santo de­ci­sion to shun a hear­ing or­gan­ised by the en­vi­ron­ment and agri­cul­ture com­mit­tees, with aca­demics, reg­u­la­tors and cam­paign­ers, on 11 October. The meet­ing is ex­pected to hear allegations that Mon­santo un­duly in­flu­enced reg­u­la­tory stud­ies into the safety of glyphosate, a key in­gre­di­ent in its best­selling RoundUp weed­killer.

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