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GMO battle moves back to court

04.04.2011

Warsaw – Poland’s policy concerning genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has been challenged by the European Commission. In mid-March, the Commission sued Poland at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for establishing a ban on genetically modified feedstuff that is expected to come into force in 2013. The Commission said that Poland is “not entitled to unilaterally adopt a general prohibition to place GM feed on the market outside the procedures provided for in Regulation 1829/2003,” which establishes a single authorisation procedure and risk assessment by the EU’s food watchdog EFSA. The Commission’s move came one day after a meeting with EU environment ministers. At the meeting, seven member states had called for the right to adopt national GMO bans on their own if new environmental risks arise from GMO cultivation.
At the same time, Poland and other anti-GMO member states have sought ECJ guidance after being taken to court in national jurisdictions by GM-foods giant Monsanto for their cultivation bans. By mid-March, the Advocate General of the EJC, Paolo Mengozzi, clarified that member states “could not suspend the planting of genetically modified corn ... without having asked prior permission from the European Commission.“
Finally, the Commission also charged Poland for the incorrect implementation of Directive 2009/41/EC, which concerns genetically modified microorganisms. The Commission said Poland has failed to meet the Directive’s requirements to take all adequate measures to limit possible risk to human health and the environment.

PolandPoland

09.05.2011

Krakow –Polish drug discovery company Selvita has entered into definitive agreements with investors in Poland to sell, in a private placement, 2.7 million shares of its stock at a price of PLN 5.5 per share, resulting in gross...

PolandPoland

06.04.2011

Krakow – Polish drug discovery specialist Selvita S.A. is to carry out virtual compound screening for a protein target provided by the Branford-based Institutes for Pharmaceutical Discovery (IPD) in the US. Selvita said the...

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25.02.2011

Szczecin/Greifswald – In Greifswald, the consensus in mid-March at the “Life Science for Health Economy – Chances and Challenges in Polish-German Cooperation” meeting was that the life sciences would benefit remarkably from...

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06.02.2011

Warsaw – Polish drugmaker Bioton S.A. and Iceland-based generics firm Actavis Group ptc announced in January that they are entering into a marketing and distribution collaboration agreement for Bioton’s insulins and insulin...

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04.11.2010

Warsaw – Merck, Sharp & Dome Polska is to expand its clinical research in the country. The company announced it is investing about US$ 50m in the creation of a data management centre where data from clinical trials conducted in...

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19.09.2010

Warsaw – Polish Agriculture Minister Marek Sawicki has sharply criticised the European Commission’s proposal to let EU member states decide on their own whether or not to plant genetically mod­i­fied crops. “This proposal is not...

PolandPoland

18.09.2010

Krakow – Polish drug developer Selvita sp. z o.o. and Finnish drug and diagnostic firm Orion Corporation (Espoo) have entered into a global collaboration to jointly develop and commercialise Selvita’s oral compound SEL103 as a...

PolandPoland

10.07.2010

Warsaw – While industrial biotechnology companies such as Royal DSM or Novozymes have welcomed new EU climate goals, believing they will provide a kickstart for a bio-based economy, eastern European countries like Bulgaria, the...

PolandPoland

09.07.2010

Kraków/ Espoo – Finland’s Orion Corp and Polish drugmaker Selvita have agreed to collaborate on research and development of Selvita’s oral Alzheimer compound SEL103 program in multiple cognitive disorder indications. According to...

PolandPoland

12.05.2010

Warsaw – Polish biotech firm Bioton SA wants to expand its business to Asia. At the end of April, the producer of recombinant insulin announced that it plans to issue convertible bonds worth EUR26m to fund an expansion of its...

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