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Bayer-Monsanto: 55 Members of the European Parliament write to Commission

22 sept 2016

Communiqués, Medias

The takover of Monsanto by Bayer will endanger our health and environment. Hence the letter below by 55 Members of the European Parliament to ask the Commission to reject this fusion.

Dear Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, ambulance

On Wednesday 14th September 2016 the German pharmaceutical group Bayer has finally announced it will buy the American seed-maker Monsanto for 59 billion euros.
As it is enshrined in article 2 of Regulation 139/2004, nurse takeovers of this kind are prohibited if they contribute to significantly reduce competition in the single market by strengthening a dominant position. The combined aggregate worldwide turnover of Monsanto and Bayer is far beyond the threshold of 5 billion euros foreseen in the aforementioned Regulation that allows the Commission to trigger an investigation since their turnovers put together amount for 23 billion euros. Moreover, the aggregate Community-wide turnover of each is more than 250 million euros and these two firms are partly operating in the same markets such as the seeds and pesticides’ markets.
In February 2013, a report entitled Seed Giants vs US Farmers by Center for Food Safety had already showed that the increase in seed prices resulted from the seed industry concentration. If this takeover were effectively to take place, Bayer could control 30% of the seed world market and 24% of the pesticide world market (1). This is what we can call, strengthening a « dominant position ».
Through this operation, Bayer will achieve unprecedented global market dominance in this sensitive area and benefit from an unbearable influence that will threaten the way we feed ourselves as much as our access to affordable medical treatments. Since more and more European citizens are becoming aware that it is now urgent to shift towards a sustainable agricultural model, this takeover will go against their will. While many patients are complaining about the opacity and the prices of some medicines sold by big pharmaceuticals like Bayer, this acquisition will strengthen this tendency. This takeover will go against the principles that matter to us: a vital democracy in which our environment and our health are effectively protected.
The Commission is entitled by the European legislation to open an investigation (2) and ultimately reject such dangerous deals. Therefore, we ask you, Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, to prohibit the acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer.

Michèle Rivasi and Michel Reimon

With:
Marco Affronte
Eric Andrieu
Maria Arena
Paloma López Bermejo
Guillaume Balas
Tiziana Beghin
David Borrelli
José Bové
Klaus Buchner
Nicola Caputo
Fabio Castaldo
Nessa Childers
Karima Delli
Anneliese Dodds
Pascal Durand
Bas Eickhout
Eleonora Evi
Sven Giegold
Tania Gonzalez
Rebecca Harms
Martin Häusling
Maria Heubuch
Le Hyaric Patrick
Yannick Jadot
Benedek Jávor
Eva Joly
Dennis de Jong
Kate?ina Kone?ná
Philippe Lamberts
Barbara Lochbihler
Ulrike Lunacek
Ernest Maragall,
Fabio De Masi
Jean-Luc Mélenchon
Anne-Marie Mineur
Maria Noichl
Younous Omarjee
Maite Pagazaurtundúa
Piernicola Pedicini
Terry Reintke
Virginie Rozière
Molly Scott Cato
Lidia Senra Rodríguez
Bart Staes
Dario Tamburrano
Josep Maria Terricabras
Estefanía Torres Martínez
Claude Turmes
Enest Urtasun
Monika Vana
Marco Valli
Marie-Christine Vergiat
Marco Zullo

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