European Parliament Opposes Draft Law Allowing National Ban On GMO Food Imports

A draft EU law that would enable any member state to restrict or prohibit the use of EU-approved GMO food or feed on its territory was strongly opposed by MEPs from all political groups in a debate on Wednesday. Members were concerned that the draft did not include an impact assessment, that member state measures might not be compatible with single market or WTO rules and that the proposal might prove unworkable.

"There is a clear majority in the European Parliament against this proposal" said Environment Committee chair Giovanni La Via, whose draft report recommends rejecting the draft legislation. "There is no impact assessment around this draft, and we believe that this was not the best proposal possible" he said.

European Commission representative Ladislav Miko urged the MEPs to reconsider their position, as the Commission "don't have any plan B for this proposal."

The Environment Committee will vote on the proposal on 12-13 October. The file will then be put to a vote by Parliament as a whole at the 26-29 October plenary session in Strasbourg.

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