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EU to let member states to decide on GMO approval

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Wednesday, 23 June 2010

EU to let member states to decide on GMO approval

In mid-July, the European Commission plans to officially propose that the EU Council of Ministers and the European Parliament should allow member states the possibility of prohibiting – on all or part of their territory – the cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) approved at Community level. At the same time, it will recommend strengthening the criteria agreed in its 2003 recommendation for coexistence between genetically modified, conventional and organic crops, in order to avoid the presence of GMOs in other products. In practice, this will boil down to authorising, under certain conditions, GMO-free regions if coexistence cannot be guaranteed at farm level. This initiative fulfils the political orientations established at the new Commission in September 2009 by its President, José Manuel Barroso, who aims to unblock the Union’s decision making system for GMOs.The draft of the services of Health Commissioner John Dalli does not specify the reasons that will allow a member state to prohibit the planting of GMOs. However, it excludes those linked to the protection of public health and the environment and those linked to the risk of the fortuitous presence of GMOs in other products already covered by current legislation.

Source: europolitics.com