Calls to halt GM maize and cotton import authorisations
MEPs object to EU Commission plans to authorise imports of products made from maize and cotton that has been genetically modified to resist herbicides. In two resolutions to be voted Wednesday, they highlight concerns raised by independent research and member states, and repeat Parliament’s call for an overhaul of the EU’s GMO authorisation procedure.
A separate EU law that would enable any EU member state to restrict or prohibit the sale and use of EU-approved GMO food or feed on its territory was opposed by Parliament in October 2015. MEPs are concerned that this law might prove unworkable or that it could lead to the reintroduction of border checks between pro- and anti-GMO countries. They called on the Commission to table a new proposal.
Vote: Wednesday, 17 May
Procedure: non-legislative resolution