The European Union has agreed on a new approach to the cultivation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) which allows member states to ban or restrict GMOs in their territory. The agreement should mark the end of a decade of legal problems, but in the context of ongoing EU-US free trade negotiations, vocal GMO opposition from member states and civil society is unlikely to subside.
/home/euractiv/src/wp-content/themes/euractiv/templates/singular.php:90: array (size=9) '_ea_background' => array (size=1) 0 => string '<p>The European Union has the strictest rules on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in the world.</p> <p>After a decade of legal battles, the European Union reached an agreement in June 2014, allowing its member states to restrict or ban GMO crops in their territory.</p> <p>The new president of the Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, has backed the new comprehensive legal framework which will give EU member states a legal basis they have been wanting for years.</p> <p>The EU regulatory system is ba'... (length=1205) '_ea_further_reading' => array (size=1) 0 => string '<h3>European Institutions</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://ec.europa.eu/food/plant/gmo/legislation/future_rules_en.htm">New EU approach</a>, political agreement on 12 June 2014</li> <li>European Parliament <a href="http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32003R1829&from=EN">regulation </a>No 1829/2003 of 22 September 2003 on genetically modified food and feed</li> <li>Council <a href="http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:31990L0220&from=EN">directiv'... (length=2882) '_ea_issues' => array (size=1) 0 => string '<p>The European Commission proposed allowing national cultivation bans for GMOs in July 2010 in a bid to break a deadlock in EU GM crop approvals, which has seen few varieties approved for cultivation in more than 12 years.</p> <p>There has been strong opposition from some EU member states to introducing genetically modified crops for years. To date, seven EU countries have introduced national "safeguard" bans on growing Monsanto's MON 810 insect-resistant maize, including Austria, Bulgaria, France, Germ'... (length=5330) '_ea_positions' => array (size=1) 0 => string '<p><strong>Jean-Claude Juncker, future president of the EU Commission</strong> in June 2014, said in his <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/about/juncker-commission/docs/pg_en.pdf">political guidelines</a> that “it is simply not right that under the current rules, the Commission is legally forced to authorise new organisms for import and processing even though a clear majority of Member States is against.”</p> <p><strong>José Manuel Barroso, outgoing president of the EU Commission</strong> wrote in his 20'... (length=1724) '_ea_timeline' => array (size=1) 0 => string '<ul> <li><strong>9 Dec. 2008</strong>: decision by EU minister to improve long-term environmental risk assessment of GMOs and allow member states to establish<a href="http://beta.euractiv.com/cap/eu-ministers-back-gmo-free-zones-news-220872"> GMO-free zones</a>.</li> <li><strong>15 April 2009</strong>: EU environment ministers backed the right for individual countries to refuse GM crop cultivation. <a href="http://beta.euractiv.com/cap/germany-joins-ranks-anti-gmo-cou-news-221725">Germany</a>, France, G'... (length=2666) '_thumbnail_id' => array (size=1) 0 => string '908743' (length=6) '_ea_related_6a183a3b' => array (size=1) 0 => string '--' (length=2) '_ea_related_92b89921' => array (size=1) 0 => string '--' (length=2) '_ea_related_edb4e23a' => array (size=1) 0 => string '--' (length=2)