EU plan to implement Cartagena biosafety accord

The European Commission has published a draft EU regulation to implement the global accord on transboundary movements of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) reached in Cartagena, Colombia, two years ago (EED 31/01/00). The UN biosafety protocol is aimed at protecting biodiversity, principally in developing countries, by setting out a series of exporter obligations and information sharing requirements. The USA, the world's biggest producer of GMOs, is not covered by the protocol since it has not ratified the parent UN biodiversity convention. See European Commission press release.

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