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Spain amends GMO/biosafety authorities

Spain has amended the composition of its competent authorities governing the rules on the commercialisation and confined use of genetically modified organisms, the Spanish biotechnology association, the Fundación Antama, reports. A royal decree in March has established the inter-ministerial council on GMOs with a president, vice-president and ten members from the Ministries of Agriculture, the Interior, the Economy, Education, Health, Social Services and of Equality. It will form part of the presidential council of the national biosafety commission. Further bodies composed of industry, farmers and workers, such as the participation committee, will act as an interlocutor between government and citizens, according to the Fundación Antama. The biosafety commission also has its formation set with the director general of the environment becoming its president, while the vice-president is to be chosen by the Ministry of Agriculture.

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