ECJ says Italian block on MON810 illegal
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that EU member states cannot place additional national registration requirements on genetically modified crop lines that have been authorised at EU level. The court has also declared that co-existence measures are not mandatory to grow GM crops. The ECJ had been asked for clarification in an Italian court case concerning the refusal of the Italian authorities to consider an application for cultivation approval. DuPont’s seed subsidiary, DuPont Pioneer, challenged the refusal in the courts after it submitted an application for maize lines containing Monsanto’s GM insect-resistant MON810 trait. The final outcome of the case will be decided by the Italian court.