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EU wins another extension in WTO GMO case

The EU and Argentina have agreed to extend the deadline for the EU to comply with a WTO ruling to lift national bans on genetically modified crops. The deadline, previously set for June 11th 2008 ( Agrow No 535, p 7), is now August 12th 2008. The European Commission highlights the recent removal of Austria's ban on the import of two EU-approved GM crops, but the country's block on cultivation remains. Argentina, Canada and the US originally complained to the WTO about the EU GMO approval system over four years ago. A similar deadline agreed with Canada is due to expire on June 30th 2008. Meanwhile, the Commission says that discussions continue with the US, which had threatened to impose trade sanctions unless there was progress with GM crops in the EU ( Agrow No 538, p 14).

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