GMO cultivation in Europe: A decade of legal battles
After a decade of legal battles, the European Union reached an agreement in June 2014, allowing its member states to restrict or ban GMO crops in their territory.
The new president of the Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, has backed the new comprehensive legal framework which will give EU member states a legal basis they have been wanting for years.
The EU regulatory system is based on tight safety standards and freedom of choice for consumers and farmers. The tools used to ensure freedom of choice are effective labelling and traceability.
There are two key rules which govern GMOs in the EU (link to overview): a directive used for the authorisation of GMO products in EU and regulation used on food and feed made from GMO products that have been authorised.