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Networks Position Paper about the proposal of the EU-Commission for Opt Out for food and feed

The European GMO-free Regions network would like to react to the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 as regards the possibility for the Member States to restrict or prohibit the use of genetically modified food and feed on their territory (COM(2015) 177 final).

1. From the Network´s perspective the European authorization procedure for genetically modified food and feed requires a fundamental change. In its work programme for 2015 the European Commission announced its intention to review the process for approving genetically modified organisms. However, the present proposal of the European Commission leaves the authorisation procedure unchanged. Against this background,  one must assume that the European Commission will continue to decide on authorisation matters without a qualified majority of Member States, if a positive EFSA opinion exists. However, a qualified majority is exactly the condition which has to be fulfilled.

2. The Network broadly welcomes the intention to give Member States and Regions a greater say and to extend their decision-making powers with respect to genetically modified food and feed. However we do not consider that the present proposal provides sufficient legal certainty to prohibit the use of genetically modified food and feed.

3. The Network regrets the failure to provide a list of examples of legal grounds on which a national prohibition could be justified. Such a listhas proved helpful in providing legal certainty in the past, for example in Directive (EU) 2015/412.

4. The Network explicitly regrets the absence of an impact assessment to the proposal.

5. The Network believes that a ban on using genetically modified food and feed could create a need for border checks between the Member States, could have a negative influence on the European single market, and might be unworkable in practice.

6. The Network supports the rationale and welcomes the fact that both the Committee of the Regions at his Plenary Session on 13 October 2015 and the European Parliament at the Plenary Session on 28 October 2015 rejected the European Commission proposal. The Network therefore calls for the withdrawal of the proposal.

Düsseldorf, on 29 October 2015

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Berlin Declaration adopted

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By host on 5/24/2011 12:36 AM
Conferences and meetings are the instruments the Network uses to express its activity.
Conferences are the main appointment to improve the Network action. These Conferences are necessary to sthreghten the political agreement among partner regions and to identify new activities and objectives.
Besides Conferences, the Network organises also other events, generally more technical oriented. These meetings are aimed at give and receive information about specific issues related to GMOs and agriculture.
Finally, the Network brings its contribution to events where it's invited to participate. Partner regions have specific offices in charge on the matter (with high level of expertise) and keep contacts with experts from all over the world.
By host on 5/24/2011 12:25 AM
I cordially invite you to join us at the 8th annual conference of the European GMO-free Regions Network in Vienna.
We would like to weigh the possibilities of the latest developments within the EU which are offered to the GMO-free regions. It is of utmost importance to have the space and the time to exchange experiences and ideas, since the only way to fight GMOs on the fields and on our tables successfully is by joining forces.
I will be happy to welcome you on the 22nd and 23rd of November 2010 in Vienna.


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