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GMO-free Europe – Future Opportunities and Challenges - joint conference in Berlin, From May 6 to 8 2015

The European GMO Free Regions' Network, the GMO Free NGO network and the Danube Soya Association invite you to their joint conference “GMO Free Europe – Future Opportunities and Challenges” in Berlin. From May 6 to 8 2015, participants from political circles, economists, scientists and civil society from all over Europe, as well as guests from America, Asia and Africa will discuss the chances of a future agriculture without genetically modified plants and animals.

GMO Free Regions have been established and proclaimed on all continents of the world, and their number is growing. They are promoting sustainable and regional agricultural production, offering ecological as well as economic advantages.

GMO Free Regions are also facing a range of short and long term challenges:

    • Europe needs a coherent protein strategy guaranteeing the supply of GMO-Free feed, reducing soybean imports, fostering agro-biodiversity and reducing climate gas emissions.

    • An environmentally responsible and healthy use of animal protein resources.

    • Seed must be remain completely free of GMOs – “Low level presence” of GMOs in seed is unacceptable.

    • Zero tolerance must also be applied to non-authorized GMOs in food.

    • The so called “Opt out” revision of the present EU GMO legislation allowing for national bans on GMO cultivation and its national implementation must be followed closely, just as changes planned on the GMO authorization procedure. Free trade agreements such as between the EU and Canada (CETA) and the EU and US (TTIP) must not become gateways for lowering the standards of consumer and environmental protection.

    • New scientific and technical developments in biotechnology raise questions concerning the present and future definition of what constitutes a genetically modified organism.

All these issues will be presented and discussed in Berlin in May 2015, when for the first time the three pillars of GMO Free Europe – regional governments, GMO Free businesses and NGOs – will jointly organize a conference.

The conference will include joint plenary sessions as well as separate meetings and a broad range of workshops on the different aspects of GMO Free agriculture, production, trade, retail and consumption.

Venues: The three day conference will be held in the Berlin Representations of the States North Rhine-Westphalia, Hesse and Thuringia, the Austrian Embassy and a Hotel tbd.


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The Steering Committee which met in Brussels April 10, 2014 unanimously approved to accept applications for membership of the European Network of GMO-Free Regions received from the German regions of Hesse and Bavaria.

After this decision were suspended the work of the Steering Committee for a brief official ceremony for the signing of the document of accession of the Bavaria region (Represented by the Minister of the Environment Dr. Marcel Huber to the European Network of GMO-Free Regions (Represented by the President Maura Malaspina).


 attached photos and Bavarian press release.


The European GMO-free Network is glad to announce the adhesion of Rhineland-Palatinate to the Network. The declaration of adhesion has been seigned by Mrs Höfken, the Minister of the Environment, Agriculture, Nutrition, Viniculture and Forestry of Rhineland-Palatinate. The  official adhesion cermimony will be soon arranged by the new Member.


Stuttgart -  11 October 2012, the official adhesion ceremony of  the Baden – Württemberg Land to the European GMO-free Regions Network  has taken place at the Tempus Restaurant in Stuttgart in front of a audience of consumers, producers, institutions. The event has been arranged  by  the Baden-Württemberg ‘s Ministry for rural area and consumer protection in cooperation with the technical secretariat of European GMO-free Regions Network  with the participation of Minister Alexander Bonde and the Network President Paolo Petrini. The Minister Bonde opened the ceremony, reaffirming the will  of banning GMOs  at federal  states level to ensure food and feed safety, to protect producers, quality products, environment and consumers  that are really concern about the issue.  The Minister briefly presents the Ministry policy supporting quality and the relevance of joining the Network . Thus, President Petrini welcomed, on behalf of the Network, the Land decision to fully joins the Network guiding principles that fosters the Network action at European level. Petrini reasserted the position that grounds relating to local or regional environmental impacts, socio-economic and specific issues,  should be accepted as legitimate reasons for prohibiting GMO cultivation, focusing on the need for transparent GM labeling to allow consumers a better freedom of choice, on the need of filling the gaps of existing statutory labeling requirements.  An harmonized approach should be taken on this issue across the EU and a non-GM-label established at the European level: consumers and their associations, farmers and their associations, environmental associations and concerned institutions should be actively involved in the debate. After the the official signature of the Adhesion paper by the Minister Bonde, the cerimony ended with the presentation of some producers that showed their Non- GM quality products and  production philosopy.

IX ANNUAL CONFERENCE of the european gmo-free regions network in erfurt, germany

Thuringia Ministry of Social, Family und Health Affairs  is pleased to announce the IX. annual conference of the European GMO-free Regions Network at the 5th and 6th September 2012 in Erfurt, Germany.

It will be focused on genetically modified organisms (GMO) on the following aspects:

  • Non-GMO-labeling in the EU
  • Socio-economic and consumer aspects on GMO labeling; monitoring on GMO in food, feed and seed
  • GMO-cultivation and coexistence

The Conference will take place at:

Thuringia Parliament

Jürgen-Fuchs-Straße 1

99096 Erfurt



Attendance is FREE. Registration is requested at:

  • Download Program and Registration (pdf 124 Kb)
  • Erfurt final declaration (pdf 110 Kb)
  • Summary of Events (pdf 765Kb)
  • Attached Photos generell (zip 168Mb)
  • Attached Photos vorauswahl (zip 55Mb)
  • Attached Photos Erfurt2 (zip 12.3Mb)
  • Attached Photos Erfurt3 (zip 11.4Mb)
  • GMOs: A Fair Case for Subsidiarity?

    On Tuesday 24 January 2012, between 13:00 and 14:30 at the Madariaga - College of Europe Foundation(14, avenue de la Joyeuse Entrée - 1040 Brussels) a Citizen's Controversy with Ladislav Miko, Deputy Director General at DG Health and Consumers, European Commission, and Corinne Lepage, MEP (ALDE) and Member of the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee will be held.
    In Europe, resistance to Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) is growing, as testified by the petition – signed by more than one million European citizens under the European Citizen’s Initiative instrument – asking to declare a moratorium on the introduction of genetically modified plants in Europe. Recently, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) condemned the French moratorium on GMOs, endangering the safeguard clause – applied by Austria, France, Greece, Hungary, Germany and Luxembourg – which bans GMOs in France since 2008. But the Court also ruled that products containing traces of genetically modified products "must always be regarded as food produced from a GMO. How can the co-existence of traditional and genetically modified crops overcome the contamination issue? What about the real impact of GMOs on the ecosystem in the long run? Is a reliable and neutral scientific assessment possible with regard to the effects of GMOs on human health and on the environment? Should this sensitive topic be managed at the EU level, or should each MS be free to maintain its technological and political sovereignty’?
    for futher infomation:

    Hearing on “Socio-economic dimensions on GMO cultivation”

    On 18th October 2011 the Commission held a conference in Brussels on "socio-economic dimensions of GMO cultivation" on 18 October 2011, under the chairmanship of Commissioner John Dalli. Members of the European Parliament, EU countries' competent authorities, non-EU countries, industry, NGOs and the scientific community were invited to express their views (source: The Conference was structured in III^ main Sections (source:

    -Session I: the Commission report on socio-economic impacts of GMO


    -Session II: Socio-economic dimensions of GMO cultivation in third countries;

    -Session III: Socio-economic dimensions of co-existence and segregation;

    North Rine Westphalia Region officially launches its adhesion to the Network of the European GMO- free Regions

    October, 10th  – North Rine Westpahlia Region officially launches its adhesion to the Network of the European GMO- free Regions 

    North Rhine-Westphalia advocates keeping a GMO-free agriculture. The decision was made both by the government and the parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia. On Monday, October 10, 2011, at 12:00 am in the Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to the European Union (Rue Montoyer 47, 1000 Brussels), the Minister for Climate Protection, Environment, Agriculture, Nature Conservation and Consumer Protection of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia Johannes Remmel will meet to discuss on opportunities and challenges for people and Regions the President of the Network of the European GMO- free Regions and Ministry of Agriculture of Marche Region - Paolo Petrini and the Deputy Director General for Health and Consumers, European Commission Ladislav Miko.

    Conference on GM-free animal feed in Rennes

    On 15th June  2011, a Conference on GM-free animal feed has been arranged by the Regional Council of Brittany at the Agro campus Centre in Rennes. The main goals was presenting in an operational way the factors determining GMO free animal feeding with the aim of informing, exploring and discussing the GMO issues with local, EU and extra EU stakeholders. The focus was on the Brittany’s Region commitment for an GMO free agriculture, the European perspectives and the 55 GMO-free Regions Network role. The mains issues tackled were:

    -GM-free soya bean supply: the Brazilian potentiality and the supply strategies to be implemented at local and EU level;

    - the feasibility and opportunities of  local GMO free production of proteins;

    - the GMO-free agriculture as innovative commercial segment;

    - Advantages and disadvantages of a GM-free animal feed supply chain.