Monsanto lobbyists 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.While a formal process still needs to be 
worked through, a spokesman for the parliament’s president Antonio Tajani said 
that the leaders of all major parliamentary blocks had backed the ban in a vote 
this morning.

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