Dutch AgMin pleased EU embraces its GM plan-spokesman

AMSTERDAM, June 4 (BestGrowthStock) – The Dutch Agriculture Ministry
is pleased that the European Union executive Commission is
embracing its proposal to allow member states the final say on
whether to grow genetically modified (GM) crops, a spokesman for
the ministry said on Friday.

Under proposals due to be adopted on 13 July, the EU
executive Commission will be given greater freedom to approve
new GM varieties for cultivation in return for letting EU
governments decide whether or not to grow them, EU sources said
on Friday. [ID:nLDE6520Q6]

The plan, based partly on a Dutch proposal, would allow
large-scale commercial planting in pro-GM countries such as
Spain, the Netherlands, and the Czech Republic, while legally
endorsing existing GM bans in countries including Italy,
Austria, and Hungary.

The spokesman said the Dutch proposal was aimed at
simplifying the EU decision making process for cultivation, but
said there were currently no requests to register with the
ministry to grow GM crops in the Netherlands.

He added that the ministry expected the EU commission’s
proposal to be announced soon.

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(Reporting by Catherine Hornby; editing by James Jukwey)

Dutch AgMin pleased EU embraces its GM plan-spokesman