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
"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."