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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

At the Conference 2015 within the GMO-free Europe Conference the Berlin Declaration was adopted. See here

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May 24

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9:00 – 12:00 (Reserved to the members of the Network only!)
Steering Committee Meeting
Organisational details, finalisation of the strategic paper of the network, drafting of the Vienna declaration


Lunch break

13:30 – 15:00 (Beginn of public programme)
1. The European Commission’s proposal for the renationalization of the decision to cultivate GM crops: Juridical perspectives

  • Problems and perspectives of the "new EC approach" toward GMOs cultivation: amid demands for sovereignty and trade barriers, Prof. Eleonora Sirsi, University of Pise
    Please download here.
  • A Status-Quo, of the discussion on the GMO-package in different EU-Institutions, Gerald Lonauer, Liasion Office of Upper Austria to the EU in Brussels

2. Socio-economic approaches to assess sustainability of coexistence regimes at regional/local level

  • A socioeconomic study about the impact of a coexistence regime in Tuscany: the SECOPART project, Fabio Boscaleri, Tuscany Region
    Please download here.
  • Greenpeace, Marco Contiero, EU Policy Director, Genetic Engineering and Sustainable Agriculture Greenpeace European Unit
    Please download here.

Coffee break

15:15 - 17:30
3. Preventing negative impacts of transgenic crops: Projects and initiatives by Network partners

  • Biosafety of transgenic trees: a targeted COST Action, Dr. Helmut Gaugitsch, Head of Unit Land Use & Biosafety Environment Agency Austria
    Please download here.
  • Development of an environmental monitoring tool: the LIFE DEMETRA project - Fabio Boscaleri, Tuscany Region
    Please download here.
  • The vulnerability of an area at risk of GMO contamination: results of European project carried out in the Marche Region - Ugo Testa, ASSAM Marche
    Please download here.

4. Keeping a GMO-free production: challenges & perspectives

  • An experimental GMO-free animal production chain is operating in the Marche regional: A close collaboration between University and Farmers –
    Prof. Stefano Tavoletti, Marche Polytechnic University
    Please download here.
  • Factors affecting consumers purchasing behaviour towards GMO-free products in a European region: the case of the prefecture of Drama Kavala Xanthi - Lambros Tsourgiannis, ENAE
    Please download here.

19:00 – 22.00
Bus shuttle from the City Hall at 19:00

Dinner and wine tasting at the restaurant “Waldgrill” (
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