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Parliamentary questions
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26 February 2020
E-001150/2020
Question for written answer E-001150/2020
to the Commission
Rule 138
Alexis Georgoulis (GUE/NGL), Petros Kokkalis (GUE/NGL)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Broad participation and objectivity in DG SANTE’s public consultation on the Commission’s study on new genomic techniques

Six industry associations invited to DG SANTE’s consultation on new genomic techniques represent the interests of agrochemical-biotech industries (1) . A Corporate Europe Observatory report showed that the biotech industry pressured for the deregulation of new GM techniques, which means allowing GM products to enter the food chain and the environment without meeting the EU’s regulatory requirements (2) .

1. How will the Commission ensure that this will not produce biased results that could thwart its efforts to promote organic agriculture as part of the Farm to Fork Strategy?

2. The stakeholders invited to the consultation are only Brussels-based organisations, and NGOs account for less than 12 %. A recent report by the Court of Auditors recommends that the Commission should promote greater participation (3) . Has the Commission taken any steps to improve its consultations in accordance with the report’s recommendations?

(1)Euractiv, ‘New GMOs’: Kyriakides gets off on wrong foot with biased consultation (5/2/2020) https://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/opinion/new-gmos-kyriakides-gets-off-on-wrong-foot-with-biased-consultation/
(2)Corporate Europe Observatory, ‘Biotech lobby’s push for new GMOs to escape regulation’ (2/2/2016), https://corporateeurope.org/en/food-and-agriculture/2016/02/biotech-lobby-push-new-gmos-escape-regulation
(3)European Court of Auditors, ‘‘Have your say!: Commission’s public consultations engage citizens, but fall short  of outreach activities” (Special Report NO 14, 2019) https://www.europarl.europa.eu/meetdocs/2014_2019/plmrep/COMMITTEES/PETI/DV/2020/01-20/11_ECA_SR_Public_participation_EN.pdf 
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