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Wednesday, 28 October 2015 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Use of genetically modified food and feed (A8-0305/2015 - Giovanni La Via)

  Josu Juaristi Abaunz (GUE/NGL), in writing. ‒ In the proposal by the Commission, Member States are allowed to restrict/prohibit (under certain conditions) the use of genetically modified food and feed on their territory after these products have been authorised; but such measures need to be compatible with the internal-market and the EU’s international obligations (WTO).

All groups in the Chamber decided to reject this proposal based on the following reasons:

1. Lack of an Impact Assessment;

2. Non-real democratisation of the authorisation procedure;

3. Problematic implementation due to the ban in ‘use’ instead of ban in ‘placing on the market’;

4. Compatibility of measures taken by Member States with the Internal Market and WTO, (legal uncertainty & risk for the competitiveness of the EU agricultural sector).

EH Bildu is politically against GMOs, but in our opinion a more important reason needs to be underlined: MS can only restrict/prohibit GMOs and GM food and feed on the basis of compelling grounds compatible with Union law, not related to risks to human and animal health, and to the environment. And this is key.

Hence EH Bildu has voted against the Commission proposal; but in favour of the legislative resolution.

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