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EU's WTO GMO case deadline extended again

The European Commission has gained yet more extensions to deadlines for the EU to comply with a WTO ruling to lift national bans on genetically modified crops. Argentina has agreed to extend the deadline until December 1st 2008, while Canada has agreed to an extension until December 31st 2008. The two countries had originally set deadlines of August 12th and July 31st, respectively ( Agrow No 547, p 10). In addition, a technical meeting with the US is tentatively scheduled for October 2008, the Commission says. The US had threatened to impose trade sanctions unless there was progress with GM crops in the EU ( Agrow No 538, p 14). The US, Canada and Argentina originally complained to the WTO over four years ago. The Commission is still trying to resolve Austria's ongoing ban on the cultivation of two EU-approved GM crops.

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