Parliament's Environmental Committee rejects Commission proposal on national bans for import of GMO food & feed

13 October 2015, Brussels - The Environmental, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee of the European Parliament fully rejected an EU Commission proposal to grant Member States new powers to ban import to their territories of GMOs destined for food & feed. The Committee’s rejection follows a similar opinion expressed by the majority of EU Ministers of Agriculture at their July AGRI Council, as well as calls for a rejection of the proposal by the Parliament’s Agricultural and Rural Development Committee.

The only amendment deemed admissible and compatible with the rejection was defeated; it called for a moratorium on the authorisation of GMOs for food and feed imports until legislation on the issue has been agreed through the trialogue process.

All Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) now have the opportunity to submit new amendments and will vote on the proposal during the plenary session on 28 October.

IFOAM EU believes that the Parliament must send a strong message and demand that the Commission fulfil its promise of review of the GMO authorisation rules in Europe to better reflect the views of countries and their citizens. To do so MEPs must now table amendments calling on the Commission to submit another proposal that includes the review of the existing decision-making process for GMOs.

For more information contact alejandro.gil [@] ifoam-eu.org.

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