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18.07.2006

European ombudsman: EU Commission hiding documents is "maladministration"

Following a complaint by Friends of the Earth the European Ombudsman decided that the EU Commission must not conceal documents in disupte settlement cases at the WTO from the public. The Commission had defended itself against US allegations at the WTO by poving that GM foods were not safe but refused to publish these documents.</p><p><a href="http://www.foeeurope.org/press/2006/AB_18_July_Ombudsman.htm">FOE: European Commission guilty of wrongly concealing GMO documents</a></p><p><a href="http://www.ombudsman.europa.eu/decision/en/050582.htm">European Ombudsman Decision</a>

06.07.2006

Russia: Putin expresses concerns about GMOs

At a Civil Society forum to prepare the G8 summit in St. Petersburg Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed to be "among likeminded people" with regard to the issue of GMOs. He said: "One of the problems we have encountered during our negotiations on joining the World Trade Organisation is that we are being forced to renounce what I see as our right to inform our own public about products manufactured using genetic engineering. Some countries have made it one of their main demands that we stop informing our public about genetically modified products. You can guess which countries I am referring to. But we will insist on using the standards that the NGOs are proposing." The NGOs had proposed a moratorium on releases of GMOs and demanded full transparency.</p><p><a href="http://en.g8russia.ru/page_work/20.html">Transcript of Vladimir Putins elaborations at the G8 Civil Society summit</a></p><p><a href="http://en.civilg8.ru/1997.php">GMO-Recommendations of the G8 Civil Society Forum in St. Petersburg 3-4 July 2006</a>

30.06.2006

Two more GMO free Regions in Bulgaria

The municipalities of Kardzhali and Banite in the South of Bulgaria have declared themselves GMO free Regions according to Agrolink Bulgaria, an organic organisation aiming at declaring the entire region of the Rhodope mountains a GMO free Region.</p><p><a href="http://www.genet-info.org/genet/2006/Jun/msg00124.html">9-Misc: Two more municipalities in Bulgaria are declaring to be GMO Free</a>

29.06.2006

Down under: Tasmania committed to stay GMO free

"We are positioning Tasmania as GM-free and we don't want to fall in with those who would target less-than discerning buyers," Tasmanias Ag minister Llewellyn said this week. "There is a push at a national (Australian) by saying coexistence policies should be adopted by each state. I don't believe it's a viable alternative. I don't want us to lose our competitive advantage.'"</p><p><a href="http://www.themercury.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,19622882%255E3462,00.html">The Mercury: GM-free intentions defended</a>

27.06.2006

EU environment ministers discuss GMO risk assessment

"The delegations welcomed the set of measures decided on by the Commission with a view to improving the risk assessment procedures in the context of the current legislation. Certain delegations underlined the importance of applying the precautionary principle in this context," announces the Council of Environmental Ministers first bulletin on the results of the ministers discussion on GMOs. Outside activists called for more.</p><p><a href="http://euobserver.com/9/21970">EU-Observer: Austrian presidency fails to stop GMO approvals</a></p><p><a href="http://eu.greenpeace.org/issues/news.html#060627_a">Greenpeace EU: Protest on GMOs at the EU Environment Council: make precaution a reality</a></p><p><a href="http://www.greenpeace.org/international/photosvideos/photos/luxemburg">Picture Greenpeace International: 25 Statues of Liberty holding forks and say: "Liberty for Europe to be GMO-free!"</a></p><p><a href="http://www.consilium.europa.eu/cms3_applications/Applications/newsRoom/LoadDocument.asp?directory=en/envir/&filename=90281.pdf">2740th Environment Council meeting, Luxembourg, 27 June 2006 (provisional version)</a></p><p><a href="http://www.foeeurope.org/press/2006/AB_26_June_EFSA.htm">FOE: EU Environment Ministers urged to introduce tougher food safety rules</a>

23.06.2006

Eurobarometer: European rejection of GM food increases

While Europeans, according to a recent Eurobarometer poll of the EU Commission are embracing biotechnologies for medicine and industrial purposes their rejection of GMOs in food is actually bolder than ever.</p><p><a href="http://www.foodnavigator.com/news/ng.asp?n=68572&m=1FNE621&c=ypkkixmgmnrarsx">Europeans still largely oppose GMOs, says new report</a>

23.06.2006

EU: Biotech meeting in Helsinki behind closed doors

A high level meeting of the Commission, the incoming Finnish EU-presidency and biotech companies was held in Helsinki on June 20th to discuss the EU's biotech strategy. NGOs were not admitted.</p><p><a href="http://www.foeeurope.org/press/2006/HH_20_June_secret_meeting.htm">FoE Europe: Friends of the Earth exposes EU for secret biotech industry bias</a>

22.06.2006

EU: 208 Members of European Parlimanent call for GMO ban

208 of the 727 members of the European Parliament have signed a written declaration demanding the right of regions to ban GMOs in their country and a calling for a ban of GMO patents. Given the fact that these demands would have clearly contradicted previous decisions of the Parliament this number of supporters is outstanding.</p><p><a href="http://icppc.pl/pl/gmo/index.php?id=224">ICPPC: Declaration 14/2006</a>

21.06.2006

EU member states experts criticise EFSA's risk assessment

At a meeting of national experts and representatives of the European Food Safety Authority on GMO risk assessment harsh words were kept behind closed doors. According to participants numerous experts made far reaching suggestions to overhaul the present system of risk assessment. On the lighter side an EFSA official told Reuters "that it was natural that the agency was using short-term data from the industry in its assessments because GMOs were fairly young".</p><p><a href="http://www.planetark.org/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/36866/story.htm">Reuters: Food Safety Body Says Works Closely With EU on GMOs</a>

21.06.2006

USA: Santa Cruz county bans GMOs

Supervisors of the county of Santa Cruz unanimously agreed on a 'precautionary' moratorium on the cultivation of GMOs in the region around the Capital of California.</p><p><a href="http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/archive/2006/June/21/local/stories/10local.htm">Santa Cruz Sentinel: County bans biotech crops</a>