Brussels, 25 November 2005
23 November 2005 (25.11)
NOTE from: General Secretariat of the Council to: COREPER
No Cion prop. 13042/05
Subject: Proposal for a Council Decision authorising the placing on the market of food containing, consisting of, or produced from genetically modified maize line 1507 (DAS-Ø15Ø7-1) under Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council
1. The purpose of the above proposal is to authorise the placing on the market of food and food ingredients containing genetically modified maize line 1507.
The proposal is based on Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 on genetically modified food and feed, and applies, inter alia, the specific requirements of the latter with regard to labelling, monitoring for environmental effects, and entry in the Community register. It also provides for notification of the Decision to the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 1946/2003 .
2. On 3 March 2005 the European Food Safety Authority gave its opinion that there was no evidence to indicate that the placing on the market of these food products was likely to cause adverse effects on human or animal health or on the environment.
On 3 June 2005 a draft Commission Decision authorising the food products in question was put to the vote in the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health, which was unable to deliver an opinion, however.
3. On 6 October 2005 the Commission accordingly submitted its proposal to the Council, which has a period of three months from that date in which to act by a qualified majority.
Member States' votes within the Standing Committee are indicated in a table annexed hereto:
ANNEX: Member States' votes within the Regulatory Committee
111 for, 141 against, 69 abstention
For: Estonia, Netherlands, Ireland, Sweden Czech Republic, France, Finland, UK
Against: Luxembourg, Latvia, Greece Lithuania, Cyprus, Belgium, Slovenia, Portugal, Austria
Abstentions: Malta, Slovakia, Italy, Denmark, Poland, Hungary, Spain, Germany]
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