EU Commission free to approve GM 1507 maize
The European Commission is free to go ahead with rubber-stamping its own proposal to approve the cultivation of DuPont/Dow AgroSciences' genetically modified insect-resistant Herculex I (1507) maize. The development follows the failure of EU Ministers on February 11th to reach a qualified majority agreement either for or against the proposed approval. After views became clear during the debate, the Greek presidency did not hold a formal vote. With the three-month deadline due to expire the next day, Health and Consumers Commissioner Tonio Borg made it clear that the lack of a negative vote meant that the Commission has to adopt the proposal. However, he would not be drawn on when the final decision would be taken.