EU Ministers still split on GM crop cultivation
Progress has been made towards allowing EU member states to decide on the cultivation of genetically modified crops, but more time is needed to reach an agreement, says the Hungarian EU presidency. A debate on the issue by EU Environment Ministers in June revealed that opposing views and concerns had hardly changed since discussions earlier this year ( Agrow No 612, p 11). The European Commission proposed last year that member states would be able to impose national restrictions or bans on the cultivation of EU-approved GM crops on grounds other than health or environmental safety. Hungarian officials were presenting a progress report on the issue, in preparation for the handover of the six-month rotating EU presidency to Poland in July.