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EU deadline extended again in WTO GMO case

The European Commission has reached an agreement with Canada for a further extension to the deadline for the EU to comply with a WTO ruling on lifting national bans on EU-approved genetically modified crops. The deadline has been extended from May 1st to June 30th 2009, bringing it into line with an earlier agreement with Argentina ( Agrow No 564, p 13). Canada and Argentina, along with the US, originally complained to the WTO in 2003. The Commission has repeatedly renegotiated the deadline since November 2007 because EU member states have blocked its attempt to lift Austria's ban on the cultivation of two GM maize lines ( Agrow passim).

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