[AT] EU examines Austrian import ban on GM maize

At the beginning of October, the European Commission decided to ask the Council of the Ministers for the Environment to assess the Austrian import ban on the genetically modified maize varieties MON810 and T25.

The Austrian ban on GM maize lines will be discussed by the EU Ministers for the Environment.
The Austrian ban on GM maize lines will be discussed by the EU Ministers for the Environment.
The Commission regards this ban as a violation of the European Single Market. Referring to an opinion paper by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the Commission claims that Austria's reasons for the import ban are unsound. The EFSA has been involved repeatedly with the import ban on MON810 and T25, and continues to recognise no justifying scientific reasons for these restrictions.

Within three months, the Council of the Ministers for the Environment may decide with a qualified majority on the Austrian import ban. It is expected that the Council will discuss the topic at its meeting on 18 December. If the Council does not reach a qualified majority, the Commission will assume the responsibility for a decision.

Meanwhile, Austria has banned the import of a further GMO - this time, the genetically modified rapeseed variety GT73. The rapeseed has been approved only recently for feed and industrial processing in the EU. At this time, it is unclear how the Commission will respond to this ban.





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