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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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Opt-out-regulation as an important topic for EU member states

Brüssel, 11th of September 2014.
Today, North Rhine Westphalia took over the presidency of the European GMO-Free Regions Network in Brussels. For two years Horst Becker, the Parliamentary State Secretary of the North-Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of Environment, will hold the presidency of the network. In the run-up to the meeting Becker said:„The essential decisions regarding the application of genetic engineering are made in Brussels. That is why this network is so important. It provides strong partners across Europe for the protection of a regional gene-modified-free agriculture.“
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Following the decision of the Steering Committee which met in Brussels on May 22, 2014, the President of the European Network of GMO-Free Regions, Maura Malaspina, signed the position paper of the 62 regions from nine Member States.

The document is mainly directed to the participants of the Environment Council of 12 June 2014 and to the members of the trialogue will follow
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12 June 2014

we inform you that at the meeting today in Luxembourg, following a public debate,

the Environment Council reached political agreement on the text prepared by the Greek Presidency on the Commission proposal

for amending Directive 2001/18/EC as regards the possibility for Member States to restrict or prohibit the cultivation of GMOs in their territory.

The text is supported by a large majority of the Ministers of the EU, with the abstention of Luxembourg and Belgium.

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EUROPEAN GMO-free Regions Network  Steering Committee

29thJanuary,  2014 10 a.m.

Marche Region Office (sala Dante e Beatrice)
Rond Point Schuman 14 (7° floor) B - 1040

Tel: +32 02 28.68.544
Fax: +32 02 28.68.548

h.10:15 a.m. - Participants registration

h. 10:30 a.m.- Communication from the President of the European Network of GMO-Free Regions MAURA MALASPINA 

h. 10:45 a.m
.- Institutional and Technical Networking 
- Network activities: state of the art:
• Network members: new adhesions and partners search;
• Annual Network Conference proposals;
• Timetable of forthcoming technical and institutional events/discussions at  EU  on GMO issues ;
• Varia et alia .

 h. 12:00 a.m. : end of the work of the Steering Committee
to follow The commitment of European Regions and of the civil society
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The commitment of European Regions and of the civil society FOR A GMO-FREE EUROPE

H. 12 am - Office of the Italian Delegation of the Marche Region
Hall “Dante and Beatrice”
Rond Point Schuman 14 (7° piano) B - 1040 Bruxelles

Maura Antonella MALASPINA - Regional Councillor for Agriculture and Environment of the Marche Region (Italy) leaders of the European GMO-Free Regions
Sonia RICCI* - Regional Councillor for Agriculture, Hunting and Fishing of the Lazio Region (Italy)
Angelo CONSOLI – Director of the European Office of Jeremy Rifkin
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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.
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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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