Unfortunately, amendments for risk assessment, coexistence measures and the right of Member States to prohibit or restrict cultivation on their territory did not find a majority.
ENGA, on behalf of the Non-GMO food industry in Europe, welcomes the European Parliament’s stance to support business operators’ and citizens’ basic right to information: knowing what it is that they are producing, buying and eating. On the other hand, there is a lack of important measures to safeguard GMO-free production, in particular EU-wide legally binding coexistence rules to keep agriculture and food production free of GMO contamination.
The Europe Parliament’s vote is its negotiating position for the trilogue between the three law-making institutions: the European Parliament and European Commission and the Council. The trilogue has not started yet because member states have not found a common position.
ENGA urges all parties to address the outstanding, unanswered problems on NGT regulation thoroughly: patenting, co-existence measures, the lack of scientific evidence for NGT1 classification and risk assessment.