Poland has confirmed that it will overturn its ban on the sale of genetically modified food and the cultivation of GM crops once it accedes to the European Union.

Poland’s accession date has been set for 1 May 2004 and the country is working hard to prepare for the practical implications of membership. Rzeczpospolita reported that the Polish government had already submitted a draft bill to the country’s lower chamber, the Sejm, in which it proposes that the country’s regulations be brought into line with those of the EU without a transitional period.