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Parliamentary questions
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18 June 2019
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-001941/2019

1. At the request of the Member States (expressed in the meeting of the Regulatory Committee of Directive 2001/18/EC(1) held on 18 October 2018(2)), the Commission agreed to act as a facilitator for the Member States on the convergence of the practical implementation of Recommendation 2004/787/EC(3) as regards testing for adventitious Genetically Modified (GM) Organisms-presence in conventional seed. As the organiser, the Commission chairs the working group meetings and invites all Member States. The Member States designate the experts they consider most appropriate for participation.

2 and 3. The work of the working group aims at further alignment of practical control practices. It is limited to discussion on further possible convergence related to practical aspects of sampling. The working group will transfer identified aspects related to analysis to the European Union Reference Laboratory for GM Food and Feed for further consideration. The work does not include ‘technical limit values’ or risk management measures in case of non-compliance.

(1)Directive 2001/18/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 March 2001 on the deliberate release into the environment of genetically modified organisms and repealing Council Directive 90/220/EEC (OJ L 106, 17.4.2001, p. 1).
(3)Commission Recommendation of 4 October 2004 on technical guidance for sampling and detection of genetically modified organisms and material produced from genetically modified organisms as or in products in the context of Regulation (EC) No 1830/2003 (OJ L 348, 24.11.2004, p. 18).

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