Under the "safeguard clause“, Hungary imposed the moratorium on the import of GM maize in January 2005. However, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) states that such a moratorium may not be continued indefinitely and, therefore, urges the parliament to agree on co-existence regulations as soon as possible.
The draft co-existence regulation, which will amend the Act XXVII/1998 on Gene Technology Activities, was presented already in July. The Environmental, European Union Affairs, and Economic Committees accepted the draft for general debate in the Parliament; the Agricultural, Health, and Human Rights Committees rejected it. In a parliamentary debate on 16 October, representatives from all relevant committees presented their opinions.
MARD has also prepared rules for the implementation of the co-existence regulations, which will be finalised by the ministry once the parliament has agreed on the amendment.