EP Briefing 2003-06-30: Traceability and labelling of GMOs

June 25, 2003

Strasbourg, 24 Jun 2003

Antonios TRAKATELLIS (EPP-ED, GR), for the Environment Committee, will be tabling a draft legislative resolution on the traceability and labelling of GMOs.

With the Council's common position having accepted half Parliament's first-reading amendments entirely or in part, the committee wants to tighten up the traceability requirements only moderately. MEPs in the committee are opposed to the Council's wish to allow precise descriptions of mixtures of GMOs in a single product to be replaced by a "declaration of use" by the operator. Pre-packaged products produced from GMOs should, say MEPs in the committee, be described as such, using the words "This product is produced from GMOs" on the label and also as part of any display or advertising. In view of the narrow majorities at Parliament's first reading, the difficulty of reaching a common position in Council and the concessions already gained, Mr Trakatellis is urging MEPs to moderate their demands at this second-reading stage.

Report on the Council common position for adopting a European Parliament and Council regulation on traceability and labelling of genetically modified organisms and the traceability of food and feed products produced from genetically modified organisms and amending Directive 2001/18/EC
(15798/1/2002 - C5-0131/2003 - 2001/0180(COD))
Doc.: A5-0204/2003 [may not be available yet]

Procedure: Codecision (2nd reading)
Debate: 01.07.200

European Parliament Briefing 2003-06-30

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