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Polands ban on GMO-seeds is illegal

21.07.2009

Warsaw - Poland has violated its obligation towards the EU in regard to GMOs, the European Court of Justice has declared in Luxembourg. Poland, which is fighting to become a GMO free country, had been in dispute with the European Commission over GMOs for years and finally passed a law banning GMO seeds on April 27, 2006. The regulation prohibited trade of GMO seeds and made it impossible to register GMO crops which in consequence blocked GMO cultivation.
In its reasoning of case C-165/08 the court stated, that "by prohibiting the free circulation of genetically modified seed varieties and the inclusion of genetically modified varieties in the national catalogue of varieties, the Republic of Poland has failed to fulfil its obligations under Directive 2001/18/EC of the European Parliament". 
Under EU regulations, EU member states do not have the power to ban, limit or hinder GMO trade if it is allowed on the European level. The Polish government adopted a policy on GMO food in November 2008. It allows cultivating GMOs only in laboratories and bans GMO trade; it also opposes cultivation of genetically modified foods.
If the ruling has any actual consequences in European policy remains to be seen. Several EU-countries including Germany, France, Greece, Austria, Hungary and Luxembourg effectively banned the cultivation of the GMO-maize MON810 for the time being. But in March the EU-environmental minsiters had declared at a meeting that national bans are feasible

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07.03.2012

Polish antibody development and manufacturing specialist Mabion S.A. more than tripled its revenues in 2011 (€2.5m) compared to 2010 (€0.74m). The increase in turnover mainly resulted from stronger client demand for R&D services...

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01.03.2012

Polish company Bioton S.A (Warsaw) and Swiss-headquartered generics giant Actavis (Zug) have joined forces to shake up the €12bn world market for recombinant insulins and insulin analogues. At the end of January, Bioton Chairman...

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31.01.2012

Zug/Warsaw - The fourth largest generics producer and a polish biotech want to create a stir in the market for diabetes drugs. Swiss Actavis and Bioton from Warsaw announced that they have formed a joint venture company for the...

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10.12.2011

Krakow – Polish Selvita S.A., which offers preclinical drug development services to pharma companies, has been ranked as the No. 1 “Rising Star” of this year’s Fast50 contest. In the programme, analysts from Deloitte Technology...

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09.12.2011

Warsaw – Poland’s Bioton S.A. has announced it is investing €20m in a new production plant in Szczecin. The biotechnology company is planning to manufacture insulin injection devices in the facility. The project involves the...

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01.10.2011

Warsaw – Biotech experts want to make the development of pharmaceutical and medical innovations a priority in Poland. At the start of September, members of the Polish Technology Platform for Innovative Medicine recommended that...

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Kraków – Selvita SA CEO Pawel Przewiezlikowski announced at the end of July that the Polish drug development and drug discovery service firm is close to achieving profitability. After bagging EUR3.7m through an IPO on Warsaw’s...

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12.06.2011

Warsaw – Researchers from Lodz and Poznan Universities say Poland needs to update its draft GMO law. “The national current legal situation is complicated,” Prof. Tomas Twardowski told EuroBiotechNews, stressing that while trade...

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12.06.2011

Krakow – Polish Selvita S.A. is going public. By May, the drug discovery specialist announced it had entered into definite agreements with investors to sell 2.7 million shares for a total of EUR3.75m, resulting in a market...

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11.06.2011

Szczecin/Greifswald – A team of physical chemists headed by Robert Hoylst from the Polish Academy of Science have improved a method for calculating the migration time of drugs or drug delivery devices introduced into the sol/gel...

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