GMOs: MON 810 and GA 21/MON 863 (Extract from: Provisional Version, Agriculture

October 25, 2005

Brussels, 24 Oct 2005

MON 810

In the absence of a qualified majority, the Council was unable to act on the Commission's proposal concerning the provisional prohibition in Greece of the marketing of seeds of maize hybrids with the genetic modification MON 810 ( 11834/05 ), inscribed in the common catalogue of varieties of agricultural plant species, pursuant to Directive 2002/53/EC .

The proposal is now being sent back to the Commission which shall adopt it on expiry of the three months deadline set to the Council.

The aim of the above proposal is to deny authorisation to Greece to ban the marketing of the maize hybrids.

The competent authorities of Greece had notified to the Commission in April 2005 a Ministerial Order prohibiting for the growing seasons of 2005 and 2006 the marketing of seeds of the seventeen above-mentioned varieties and had asked the Commission to authorise this national measure in accordance with Article 18 of Directive 2002/53/EC .

GA 21/MON 863

In the absence of a qualified majority, the Council was unable to act on the Commission's proposals on maize line GA 21 ( 11928/05 ) and MON 863 ( 12197/05 ).

The proposals are now being sent back to the Commission which will adopt them on the expiry of the three months deadline set to the Council.

Notifications concerning the placing on the market of foods and food ingredients derived from genetically modified Roundup Ready maize line GA 21 and maize line MON 863 as novel foods or novel food ingredients under Regulation (EC) No 258/97 had been submitted by Monsato to the competent authorities of the Netherlands in the former (July 1998) and of Germany in latter case (July 2002).


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