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April 26, 2005

EUROPE: EU proposal calls on states to end bans on authorised GMOs

The European Commission today adopted a proposal for the Council of Ministers asking five Member states to lift their bans on certain authorised genetically modified organisms.

The European Commission today adopted a proposal for the Council of Ministers asking five Member states to lift their bans on certain authorised genetically modified organisms.

The draft decisions concern the GM maize varieties T25 and MON810 banned in Austria, GM maize Bt176 banned in Austria, Germany and Luxembourg, the oilseed rape varieties MS1xRF1 banned in France and Topas 19/2 banned in France and Greece.

The Regulatory Committee which represents the member states did not reach the qualified majority necessary to support the commission proposal to ask the five Member States to lift their national measures, the commission said.

The commission’s proposals are scientifically backed by the European Food Safety Authority. The council can either adopt or reject the proposals with a qualified majority. If no decision is taken after three months, the files return to the commission who can then adopt them. If adopted, the member states in question would have to repeal their national bans at the latest 20 days after they are formally notified of the respective decisions.

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