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EU GMO cultivation talks to face tougher political climate

Discussions on proposals to allow national bans on cultivating EU-approved genetically modified crops have taken so long that the parties need to take account of “the new political climate”, a European Parliament Environment Committee member says. “The underlying situation has become increasingly sensitive”, with a hardening of negative attitudes towards the technology, says Frédérique Ries. Ms Ries is acting as the Committee’s rapporteur on the issue and presented her draft report and amendments in October. She has re-tabled many amendments previously put forward by the Parliament in 2011. Ms Ries wants to remove the new requirement for member states to negotiate a deal with applicants before they impose bans or restrictions.

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