Revisit to EU GMO cultivation issues recedes
A resumption of discussions on proposals to allow EU countries to ban or restrict cultivation of approved genetically modified crops appears unlikely before the middle of 2013, delegates forecast at a conference at the European Parliament in September. Talks stalled in June amid disagreements between member states ( Agrow No 642, p 11). Eric Poudelet of the European Commission’s Health and Consumers Directorate General (SANCO) confirmed that the current Cypriot six-month EU Presidency had decided that it was not a priority issue. The Presidency passes to Ireland for the first half of 2013 and “they are not that much interested in the matter of GMOs” either, Mr Poudelet said.