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A draft law that would enable any E.U. member state to restrict or prohibit the sale and use of E.U.-approved GMO food or feed on its territory was opposed by the Environment Committee of the European Parliament on Oct. 13. E.U. members are concerned that the proposal might prove unworkable and lead to the reintroduction of border controls between pro and anti-GMO countries.
“A clear majority in the committee does not want to jeopardize the internal market,” said Environment Committee chair Giovanni La Via. “For us, the existing legislation should remain in place, and member states should shoulder their responsibilities and take a decision together at E.U. level, instead of introducing national bans.”
“This proposal conflicts with the principles of ‘better regulation’ and transparency which the new European Commission has taken on board,” La Via said. “After we spent so many years getting rid of internal barriers, this proposal could fragment the internal market and lead to a return to border inspections, which we all worked hard to get rid of at the time.”
The recommendation will be put to a vote by parliament as a whole at the Oct. 26-29 plenary session in Strasbourg, France.
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