EU orders to lift GMO ban
Athens/Brussels - The European Commission has decided that the Greek national ban of MON810 maize is not properly justified and has therefore ordered to lift the ban. Up to now, Greece had referred to the safeguard clause for protection of its population against potential risks for health or environment thought to be associated with the GM crops. But it did not provide any new scientific evidence that could change the current safety assessments. MON810 is one of 18 genetically modified organisms (GMOs) currently authorized for planting in the EU. If Greece fails to act, it may be taken to the European Court of Justice. According to environmental organizations Monsanto has not provided the Commission with an adequate plan to monitor the general environmental impact of MON810.