States warned over European GMO rules
Twelve of the EU's 15 members have been sent final warnings of possible court action for failure to transpose the bloc's 2001 directive on environmental use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the European Commission said today. The deadline for compliance with the "deliberate release" directive passed on 17 October last year. All EU states except Sweden, Denmark and the UK have failed to meet it, the EU executive complains. The directive strengthens and clarifies EU controls on GMOs first passed in 1990 (EED 14/02/01). See press release.