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EU agrees to restart GMO cultivation talks

EU member states have supported the resumption of talks on allowing national bans or restrictions on the cultivation of EU-approved genetically modified crops. Discussions stalled in June 2012, mainly due to concerns over possible conflicts with free-trade rules (Agrow No 642, p 11). But EU Environment Ministers now acknowledge that the ongoing delays and disagreements over GM crop approvals cannot continue. The current Greek EU presidency has presented a compromise cultivation proposal that is similar to the one drawn up by Denmark in 2012 (Agrow ibid). Most Ministers support this as a good basis for further discussions. The presidency is hoping for an agreement at the Ministers’ June meeting, allowing a final adoption of the text by the end of 2014.

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