EU drafts deal on GMO cultivation bans
A “provisional political agreement” has been hammered out over proposals to allow EU member states to ban the cultivation of EU-approved genetically modified crops. The deal was reached by representatives of EU member states, the European Parliament and the European Commission in December, representing a major step forward for negotiations that have dragged on since 2010. It still needs confirmation by the full Parliament, with a vote due in January, and by the member states’ Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper). Should this go ahead, member states could start exercising their rights from spring 2015.