Court rebukes EU Commission over GMO approval delay
Published 26 September 2013
The European Commission was to blame for lengthy delays to the EU cultivation approval process for a type of genetically modified (GM) maize, Europe's second-highest court said on Thursday.
Pioneer Hi-Bred, the agricultural seed unit of chemical conglomerate DuPont, filed a case at the European courts in 2010 claiming that the Commission had failed to act in accordance with EU rules on GM crop cultivation approvals.
The case relates to an insect-resistant maize variety sold outside Europe under the Herculex brand name, jointly developed by Pioneer Hi-Bred and Dow Chemical. An EU cultivation application for the variety was first lodged in 2001.