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GM plants effectively banned by parliament as first GMO lab opens

12.05.2010

Sofia – Bulgaria’s parliament has approved a law that will in effect ban any cultivation of GMO crops in the country. “There will be no field on the country’s territory where GMOs can be cultivated,” said Kostadin Yazov from the ruling centre-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) party, the politician who proposed the bill. According to the Bulgarian Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) Act, any release of GMOs – whether for commercial or scientific reasons – will be prohibited in large buffer zones around both protected areas (known as Natura 2000 sites) and fields used to grow organic crops. The ruling means a de-facto ban on GMO acreage in the country. The party dropped previous plans for a GMO moratorium because the new law also allows for a ban of crops already approved by the European Commission.
According to the legislation, fines for perpetrators were raised to more than a0.5m. Protesters said they were happy with the new law.
Initially the government had planned to ease in GMO cultivation, but then changed tracks after growing public resistance to the introduction of a licensing regime.

GMO lab up and running

At the end of April, Bulgaria’s first lab for GMO testing opened its doors. It will be processing samples at the request of Bulgaria’s Regional Inspectorates of Environment and Water, as well material from external entries. Within a few months, the lab will receive full accreditation, and will then begin providing authorities with results that will be used to impose fines on both individuals and companies.

Czech/SlovakiaCzech RepublicSlovakia

01.02.2010

Prague – After increasing its investment in mid-January, full-service provider CRO FGK Clinical Research GmbH has become a major shareholder in the Czech contract research organization Avemedica s.r.o. Financial details were not...

Czech/SlovakiaCzech RepublicSlovakia

01.02.2010

Pilzen – German antibody drug development and discovery firm Affimed Therapeutics AG (Heidelberg) has spun-out all of its antibody discovery activities into a new Czech subsidiary – AbCheck s.r.o., which is located in Pilzen....

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18.09.2009

Prague/Jena – German and Czech researchers under Ales Svatos have opened the door to major improvements in the application of high-throughput metabolomics and systematic analyses of small molecules via MALDI-mass spectrometry...

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19.07.2009

Ceské Budejovice - The scientists from the Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Science who coordinated the EU project MOBITAG have tabled a report on their attitudes towards political interference in the EU’s GMO authorisation...

Czech/SlovakiaCzech RepublicSlovakia

14.07.2009

Bratislava – According to a new study released by PG Economics, Slovak farmers would benefit more than counterparts in other EU countries from planting genetically-engineered Bt maize. Regional factors, as well as reducing an...

Czech/SlovakiaCzech RepublicSlovakia

14.07.2009

Vestec – The Czech Academy of Sciences and Charles University plan to build a modern biotechnology and biomedicine center, according to reports issued by the Czech Information Agency. With about 40,000 square meters of floor...

Czech/SlovakiaCzech RepublicSlovakia

13.07.2009

Olomouc – A new cluster with a focus on drug development and diagnostics has been established near Palacky University in Olmouc. Called MedChemBio, the centre seeks to attract companies with an interest in medicinal and...

Czech/SlovakiaCzech RepublicSlovakia

12.07.2009

Prague – A biotech company and a pharmaceutical enterprise are the winners of this year’s “Investor of the Year” competition, which is organised by CzechInvest and the country’s Association for Foreign Investment. At the end of...

Czech/SlovakiaCzech RepublicSlovakia

29.04.2009

Prague – A2Z Bio, the Czech subsidiary of UK-based Yorkshire Bioscience, is investing EUR100,000 at the CKD Prague Technological Innovation Centre to launch production of research reagents and services for the biotech R&D market....

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21.02.2009

Prague – At a meeting with Czech stakeholders in Prague in December, EuropaBio expressed its appreciation that the Czech Republic is one of the ‘pro-biotech’ EU member states. In January when the Czech Republic took over the...

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