Environment ministers concerned about national GMO bans
Luxembourg – EU environment ministers believe that the EuropeanCommission’s proposal to allow national GMO cultivation bans is incompatible with rules of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and undermines the EU’s internal market. Representatives of 5 large memberstates, who together have a blocking minority within the Environment Council, made clear that they want to wait for an opinion from the Council legal service on this issue. The opinion is in line with a previous meeting of the Agriculture Council in September. The Agriculture ministers of Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Poland had expressed grave doubts over the viability of the Commission’s proposalto establish national GMO bans of EU-approved GMOs through a legally non-binding recommendation concerning the national coexistence rules. While currently nobody expects a compromise within the next year, Germany is holding internal discussions to table a proposal aimed at implementing legally binding criteria for GMO coexistence resulting in less diverse coexistence guidelines in the different countries.