Responsibility for proposing EU norms on accidental contamination of conventional seeds by genetically modified (GM) material has been passed to the next European Commission, it was announced on Wednesday.
A directive was due to be adopted by commisioners proposing a 0.3% contamination ceiling in maize and oilseed rape, while postponing norms for sugar beet, fodder beet, potato and cotton.
But faced with internal pressure to raise thresholds to 0.5%, and on the other hand a strong environmentalist campaign for 0.1% (EED 04/05/04), Commission president Romano Prodi changed tack at the last minute. Further economic impact assessments were required before a decision could be taken, he said.
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