EU has ‘no plans’ to revise its strict regulations on gene-edited crops, European Commission official says

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A European Commission official said [January 7] that Brussels has no plans to “put forward new legislative proposals” on genetically modified organisms during the current political mandate.

The official was speaking at a European Parliament committee debate on last year’s European Court of Justice ruling that gene-editing techniques should be subject to the same strict EU laws that apply to genetically modified organisms.

Related article:  Viewpoint: It's time to stop 'worrying' whether gene-edited plants and animals are GMOs—and set aside senseless regulations

The Commission representative confirmed that the court’s ruling is binding….The court’s July ruling caused dismay in Europe’s agricultural industry, which hoped to use new technological innovations such as CRISPR to boost yields and gain a competitive edge on world markets.

Read full, original article: Commission:No new GM legislation in foreseeable future (Behind Paywall)

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