EP Briefing 2003-06-02: Cross-border movement of GMOs (codecision, 2nd reading)

May 28, 2003

Strasbourg, May 2003

Jonas SJÖ STEDT (EUL/NGL, S) for the Environment Committee will be tabling a draft legislative resolution amending the Council's common position on the transboundary or cross-border movement of GMOs. It reinstates, sometimes in modified form, a number of amendments adopted by Parliament at 1st reading relating to:

the notification procedure for GMOs intended for deliberate release into the environment: at 1st reading, Parliament had changed the wording of the proposal so as to ensure that an export notification would be needed for the intentional transboundary movement of a GMO intended "directly or indirectly" for deliberate release into the environment, to reflect the fact that most such GMOs will probably not be released immediately on reaching the territory of the party of import. In a further clarification, the committee also stipulates that the notification requirement should not apply merely to first transboundary movements, as proposed; instead, it should also apply to subsequent transboundary movements of the GMO unless the country of import had given notice in writing that approval for such movements is not required;

food and feed produced from or with the aid of GMOs: exporters of such products should be required to comply with the laws and rules of the importing country regarding notification procedures;

access to information: information which may not be kept confidential should include the name and address of not only the exporter but also the importer; moreover, the Commission should also make available to the public the export notifications on transboundary movements of GMOs intended for deliberate release into the environment.

Furthermore, in a response to a change which the common position had made to the original proposal, the committee is proposing an amendment clarifying that bilateral, regional or multilateral agreements entered into by the EU should not result in a lower level of protection than that provided by the Cartagena Protocol and the regulation.

Report on the Council common position for adopting a European Parliament and Council regulation on transboundary movements of genetically modified organisms
(15546/1/2002 - C5-0081/2003 - 2002/0046(COD))
Doc.: A5-0154/2003 [may not be available yet]

Procedure: Codecision procedure (2nd reading)
Debate: 03.06.200

European Parliament Briefing 2003-06-02

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