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EP refuses to change current framework for GMO in EU

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Wednesday, 28 October, the European Parliament declined a legal draft that proposed changing the current framework for sales and consumption of gene-modified organisms in the European Union and allow member states to limit GMO within their territories or prohibit the use of GMO on a European level.

MEPs expressed concern that this initiative could be impossible to realize in practice or even lead to the restoration of border control among EU member states. MEPs asked the European Commission to develop a new proposal.

«Today’s vote gave a clear signal to the European Commission. This proposal could turn on its head what has been achieved with the single market and the customs union,» – said Italian MEP Giovanni La Via, Chairman of the parliament’s environment committee.

«I believe that this proposal could have negative consequences for agriculture in the EU, which is heavily dependent on protein supplies from GMO sources. It could also have indirect negative effects on imports. Finally, there are concerns over whether this proposal could even be implemented, because there are no border controls in the EU,» – he added.

Permission or prohibition to use GMO is approved via a majority vote of EU member states. If none of the options receive majority of votes, the decision regarding permission or prohibition is made by the European Commission.

On 22 April 2015 the commission submitted a proposal to amend current EU legislation and allow member states to limit and/or prohibit the use of GMO food and animal feed.

In this proposal, the EC included amendments that are similar to the recently adopted amendments in a different EU initiative that governs the cultivation of GMO crops. This legal initiative allows member states prohibit the cultivation of GMO crops on their territory.

Although cultivation takes place in separate member states, GMO products often cross borders of other member states. This makes it nearly impossible to apply a prohibition of sale and use of GMO products without re-introduction of border control.

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  1. Dick Roche says:

    It is wrong that the EU should be so dependent on imported GMO based protein sources. Every year the EU imports millions of tonnes of DDGS animal feed that is GMO sourced and much of which contains antibiotic traces. The EU, and in particular the CEE Member States have huge capacity to produce DDGS that has no GMO and no antibiotics but EU legislation has discouraged the investment that would unleash that potential and at the same time bring investment and jobs to rural areas of the EU that needs both.

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