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MEPs postpone biotech report

Members of the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee have postponed a vote on a largely positive biotechnology report until after the European elections in June 2009. The report proposes a parliamentary resolution calling for more support for developing genetically modified crops. However, during initial discussions, MEPs proposed 172 amendments, some of which sought to reverse the proposed resolution's stance. The report's author, MEP Kyosti Virrankoski, requested the postponement in view of the large number of amendments and the need to negotiate compromises. The vote on whether or not to adopt the report will be left to the new Committee after the elections.

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