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Detail

Area
European Union
Commodity Group
Oilseeds, oils and meals
Commodity
All
Date
01/03/2015
Policy Category
Consumption and marketing
Policy Instrument
GMO policy
Description
Adopted a new regulation allowing individual member states to restrict or ban GMO cultivation in their own territory.
Notes
After passing the EU Parliament in January, new rules allowing member states to either restrict or ban GMO cultivation in their own territory have been formally adopted by the EU Council in March and are expected to come into force soon (see MPPU Feb.’15). Under the new policy, issues related to the importation and marketing of GMOs within the EU will continue to be regulated at union level, while cultivation issues are expected to become the domain of individual member countries. Meanwhile, EU officials informed that the Commission intends to work on a reform of the GMO authorization process at EU-level.