EU ministers back new rules on GM crops

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On 12 June 2014, EU environment ministers reached agreement on a proposed directive on the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

The directive provides a legal framework to allow EU countries to restrict or prohibit the cultivation of GMOs for reasons other than health or environment considerations.

The proposal was originally brought forward by the European Commission in July 2010 but has been subject to lengthy negotiations between the Council and the European Parliament.

An attempt to bring together the positions of the two legislatures is expected to start in early autumn.

Under the directive, grounds for banning or restricting GMO cultivation could include socioeconomic issues, land use, town planning, and public policy issues.

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