12 Member States Oppose GM Maize Crops in EU
A total of 12 EU member states, including Bulgaria, have opposed the EC approval of new genetically modified maize crops.
Bulgaria's Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin and the Foreign Ministers and Ministers of EU Affairs of 11 member states have appealed to the European Health Commissioner Tonio Borg insisting that the EC should reconsider the move to introduce GM maize crops in the EU.
The offical letter reminds the outcome of the discussion at the General Affairs Council meeting on 11 February, when 19 member states opposed the green light given for the cultivation of GM maize in the European Union, Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed.
"We are certain that the European Commission will not ignore the legal, political and scientific concerns raised by so many member states. The position of the European Parliament is negative, as well," says the letter to the European Health Commissioner.
Among the signatories of the letter are the Foreign Ministers and Ministers of European Affairs of Austria, Bulgaria, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Slovenia, France, Hungary, Bulgarian Foreign Ministry announced.
On 16 January, the MEP appealed to the EC to ban Pioneer TC1507 GM maize from the EU market. Although the European Food Safety Authority declared the variety safe, critics warn that TC 1507 could endanger butterflies and moths and ultimately human health.
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