On 11 October, a joint ENVI/AGRI public hearing was held on "The Monsanto papers and glyphosate." At the hearing, the scientific basis for the risk assessment of glyphosate was discussed, as well as the alleged influence of industry on this assessment in the US and the EU. The hearing took place against the background of the ongoing debate over the renewal of glyphosate's approval. The current EU approval expires on 15 December 2017, and the Commission has proposed a renewal for ten years. The hearing was designed to provide Parliament with the necessary information to decide on possible follow-up action.