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The draft law, rejected both by proponents and critics of GM, would have allowed individual EU countries to prohibit the use of GM products
Quelle:: EU, Euractiv
The European Parliament rejected yesterday, by a vote of 557 to 75, a law proposed by the European Commission, which would have made it possible for individual EU member states to decide for themselves whether to allow the import of genetically modified (GM) products.
Another EU law, approved in January, already makes it possible for member states to prohibit the cultivation of GM products, but not their import.
Currently only one GM product, maize, is permitted for production in the EU and another 58 are allowed for import into the Union. More than 90 percent of the production of GM maize takes place in Spain.
The large majority, by which the law was rejected, seems to have come from both proponents and critics of GM products.
The GM industry was unhappy with the opt-out provision per se, while GM critics feared that the law would have left loopholes.
Another argument voiced against the law was that, to enforce a GM ban issued by individual EU member states, border controls would have to be reintroduced.
The European Commission, which has spent years to find a compromise that would take the heat out of the GM debate, has announced it will stick to its proposal and discuss next steps with EU environment ministers.
This will not change the fact that, without parliament's approval, the opt-out provision cannot enter into force.
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