Food Law News - EU - 2012

Council Minutes, 9 March 2012

GMOs - GMOs cultivation: Council discussions

The following is an extract from the minutes of the Environment Council meeting on 9 March 2012:

The Council discussed, on the basis of a compromise text from the Presidency, the proposal for a regulation amending Directive 2001/18/EC as regards the possibility for member states to restrict or prohibit the cultivation, in all or part of their territory, of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that have been authorised at EU level.

The aim of the Commission proposal was to provide a legal basis in the related EU legal framework to allow member states to restrict or prohibit the cultivation of GMOs in their territory on grounds other than health and environment considerations, which had already been addressed during the EU authorisation process for GMOs.

The compromise proposal, inspired by the approach in the newly adopted biocide regulation , allowed for two options:

Although a large number of member states could accept the Presidency proposal, it was not yet possible to reach agreement in the Council. Some member states still had concerns regarding:

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