Hungary's ban on GM maize persists

On Monday, a committee of EU-25 biotech experts decided that Hungary will not have to lift its ban on GM maize MON 810.

Hungary is one of Europe's biggest grain producers. In January 2005, it was the first country in eastern Europe to prohibit the genetically modified maize event MON 810, following similar bans on EU-approved GM crops in Austria, France, Germany, Greece and Luxembourg during the years 1995 to 2000.
After the end of the EU moratorium on the approval of GM plants, the European Commission began to fight such bans in 2005. The EU environmental ministers, however, have rejected all proposals to lift the prohibitions and, since this stance has not changed significantly, diplomats already expected that the Commission's proposal would not find a qualified majority.