26.06.2005 |

EU ministers uphold national GMO bans against Commission with 2/3 majority

In a major blow to the European Commissions efforts to overcome the deadlock on GMO planting in Europe, the Council of EU environment ministers has rejected with qualified (2/3rd) majority a proposal to lift 8 national bans on previously EU approved GMOs. The ministers also rejected the approval of Monsanto's GM maize Mon863, but missed the qualified majority on this decision.</p><p><a href="">Reuters: EU ministers uphold sovereign right to ban GMOs</a></p><p><a href="">Reuters: Biotech crop policy in EU gets rethink after rebuff</a><p><a href="">Reuters: EU ministers rebuff plans to overturn GMO bans</a></p><p><a href="">Greenpeace: Commission defeated in string of GMO votes</a></p><p><a href="">Reuters: Chronology of EU moves on gene crops and foods</a></p><p><a href="">Friends of the Earth: EU ministers vote to keep GM foods ban</a></p><p><a href="">Reuters: EU's legal labyrinth of GMO legislation</a></p><p><a href="">Syngenta: Statement on EU Member States decision not to lift GM bans</a>

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