Commission steps up pressure on GM crop bans

The European Commission has turned to environment ministers in an effort to overturn what it claims are unjustified national bans by Austria, France, Germany, Greece and Luxembourg on EU-approved genetically modified crops. Member states have already considered the proposal at committee level, where they failed to reach a consensus (EED 29/11/04). If ministers remain similarly split - as seems likely - the Commission will gain the power unilaterally to rule the bans illegal. See press release.

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