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EU Ministers explain views on GMO cultivation

EU Ministers have formally adopted their opinion on proposals to allow national bans on EU-approved genetically modified crops. The action follows their majority agreement reached on the issue in June (Agrow No 690, p 8). Ministers have also outlined the reasoning behind the position taken. They note that while they have followed “the general direction” of certain aspects in the 28 amendments put forward by the European Parliament in 2011 (Agrow No 620, p 7), “in most other aspects” they have “preferred a different approach”. The stance would seem to indicate that the proposals are heading for further difficult negotiations in the second-reading stage by MEPs and Ministers.

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