France condemned for GMO law breaches

The European court of justice condemned France on Thursday for failing to properly transpose the 1990 EU directive on environmental use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). It found France guilty on nine points, rejecting European Commission complaints on seven more. Several of the contested clauses are also present in the 2001 deliberate release directive which replaced the 1990 law, an EU expert told ENDS Europe DAILY. The judgement is therefore of more than purely historical interest, and could prove significant when the Commission comes to check conformity with these rules. See judgement in case C-296/01.

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