“European farmers need science and technology to stay competitive,” said MEP Paul Rübig, host of EuropaBio’s event on the benefits from patent protection on plant-related inventions, which took place today in the framework of the 7th European Innovation Summit.
EuropaBio welcomes the adoption of the Commission’s Circular Economy Package and Action Plan but calls for a realistic appraisal of the EU’s economy and highlights the need for long-term, supportive policy with tangible measures and standards.
“We acknowledge the results of the EU-funded GRACE project and in particular the recommendation to dismiss mandatory 90-day rodent feeding studies in GMO risk assessment,” said Beat Späth, Director of agricultural biotechnology at EuropaBio.
The EU Food and Feed Chain partners feel relieved by decision of the European Parliament to reject the European Commission’s trade-distorting proposal aimed at allowing EU Member States to opt-out from authorised GMOs for food and feed uses in the EU.
The 3rd edition of European Biotech week, an annual initiative that began in 2013 and took place between 12th October and 18th October this year, concluded with more than 100 events and activities involving thousands of Europeans in a record 15 European countries.
The European pharmaceutical industry welcomes the initiative by the European Commission Directorate General for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG Grow) to host on 6 October 2015, an event on access to biosimilar medicines in Europe.
EuropaBio called on EU decision-makers to implement bold policies to ensure that the European healthcare biotech sector retains its competitiveness on a global scale and continues to deliver growth, jobs and innovation.