Is the EU on track to end the 11 year moratorium on new cultivation approvals for biotech crops ?

EuropaBio Agricultural Biotechnology

Brussels, 25 February 2009

EuropaBio, the European Association for Bioindustries expresses disappointment that the Member States could not reach agreement to approve these products, despite the many scientific confirmations of the safety of two biotech maize products. The products should now be voted on by Ministers at an upcoming Environment Council meeting. 
“Today’s vote demonstrates that several Member States are prepared to stand by the science and support farmers’ access to safe products. We urge more Member States to vote according to the scientific assessments of EFSA and the calls from Europe’s farmers1 and the agricultural community for more choice and put an end to the 11 year moratorium on new biotech crops for cultivation”, says Nathalie Moll, Executive Director of Green Biotechnology Europe at EuropaBio. “In so doing, these Member States would give farmers new tools to meet the dual challenges of feeding a growing population and minimising the impact of farming on the environment”, she added. 
EuropaBio supports the Commission in achieving its goal of ensuring the proper functioning of the biotech approval system established by the Member States themselves. When these biotech cultivation applications are voted in Council next, Member States are urged to follow EU law and approve these products without further and unjustified delay.
For further information, contact:
Nathalie Moll
GBE Executive Director, EuropaBio
Tel: +32 2 735 0313 - GSM: +32 473 88 45 78
Joanna Dupont Inglis
Tel: +32 2 735 0313
GSM: +32 476 607135
Notes to Editors
About EuropaBio
EuropaBio is the European Association for Bioindustries, solely and uniquely bringing together bioscience companies from all fields of research and development, testing, manufacturing and distribution of biotechnology products. It has 68 corporate members operating worldwide, 5 associate members, 4 BioRegions and 25 national biotechnology associations representing some 1800 small and medium sized enterprises involved in research. Its mission is to promote an innovative and dynamic biotechnology-based industry in Europe.

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