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Ian Hudghton
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14 May
Hudghton Welcome Tough Line on GMO Liarbility

SNP European Agriculture Spokesperson, Ian Hudghton MEP has welcomed decisions taken by MEPs in Strasbourg today which could give greater protection against contamination by Genetically Modified Organisms. After its first reading of the Commission's proposal for a Directive on environmental liability (COM(2002) 17), Parliament took a position which commits the EU to bring forward legislative proposals on environmental liability covering damage from GMOs.

Speaking from Strasbourg, Mr Hudghton said:

"Parliament has issued a stark warning to the Commission that it was not convinced that liability for damage caused by GMOs was adequately addressed by the Environmental Liability Directive. MEPs from across Europe want to see additional legislation with regard to environmental effects of GMOs and legislation to deal with damage other than that caused to the environment, such as economic damage.

"At a time when the US government is heaping pressure on the EU to accept GMOs or be damned, our decision today sends out a firm warning that European consumers will not be brow-beaten on this issue."


NOTES: The Recital and Amendments read:

Recital 29a (new)
"(29a) Considering recital 16 of Directive 2001/18/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 March 2001 on the deliberate release into the environment of genetically modified organisms and repealing Council Directive 90/220/EEC1, and given that the Commission undertook to bring forward, before the end of 2001, a legislative proposal on environmental liability covering, inter alia, damage from GMOs, the Commission should submit such a proposal without delay."

Article 18 a (new)
"Article 18a Additional legislation regarding damage caused by GMOs
The Commission shall present a proposal to supplement the regulatory framework on liability for damage caused by GMOs with a view to completing the legislation necessary for development in the field of modern biotechnology. The proposal will, in particular, address damage caused by the presence of GMOs in products, the producers of which did not make use of such organisms."

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