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Jul 14, 2010

EU Proposes that Individual Countries Decide on GM Crops

John Dalli, EU Commissioner for Health and
Consumer Policy, confirmed to this
post on 9 Feb. 2010, fomer politician
from Malta.
On 14 July 2010, the European Union issued a press release outlining the EU's new policy that members states are now permitted to would decide for themselves whether to authorize the planting of gene modified (GM) crops in their own territories. 

The new proposal requires approval by EU governments and the European parliament.  The issue of authorizing GM crops has been a contentious issue within the EU. 

Under the new proposed policy, the "EU would continue to approve [GM crops for] cultivation based on scientific recommendations about their safety. But individual governments would be free to restrict or prohibit the cultivation of any or all EU-authorised GM [crops] – on all or parts of their territory."

John Dalli, EU Health Commissioner has advocated for the new policy, arguing that "EU countries need more flexibility to decide where, if at all, GM crops are grown."

For more see earlier blog post: "EU To Overhaul GM Crop Approval System," 4 June 2010.

For the original article see: "GM crops – individual governments to have responsibility," Europa, 14 July 2010.

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