Comments on: Science-based policy making: reality or fake news? https://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/opinion/science-based-policy-making-reality-or-fake-news/ EU news and policy debates across languages Wed, 29 Aug 2018 01:16:36 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 By: Mike Parr https://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/opinion/science-based-policy-making-reality-or-fake-news/#comment-334838 Mon, 25 Jun 2018 14:09:01 +0000 https://www.euractiv.com/?post_type=opinion&p=1250338#comment-334838 “Is it normal for the EU agenda to be dictated by NGOs?”

A rhetorical question. Broadening the subject into climate change – past history has shown that most of industry, most of the time has been resistant to almost any action by the EC/EP. Council (following lobbying by industry) inevitably waters down any and all legislation. Cars & their emissions are a classic case stretching over decades.

“Is it normal for the great majority of industrial lobbies to maintain a defensive (and therefore losing) approach” – you must be living in a parallel universe pal – if that is what you think – cos the reality is that industry, time after time, wins in the lobbying game – diluted unambitious legislation being the end result. The glyphosate case is one of the rare occasions when voices other than industry lobbyists have been heard and acted on.

Going further, most of the time, science is on the side of the NGOs and greater ambition – most of the time, the science is not listened to due to lobbyists like… well like you mate. It is thus a bit rich you arguing for science when most of the time on most dossiers, it does not even get a look in. Are you a cherry picker by any chance? it is certainly the season.

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