Brussels, 22 November 2005
16 November 2005 (21.11)
NOTE from: Council General Secretariat dated: 16 November 2005 to: Permanent Representatives Committee
No. Cion. Prop.: 14425/05
Subject: Proposal for a Council Decision concerning the placing on the market, in accordance with Directive 2001/18/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, of a maize product (Zea mays L., hybrid MON 863 x MON 810) genetically modified for resistance to corn rootworm and certain lepidopteran pests of maize
1. The aim of this proposal is to authorise the placing on the market of a maize product (Zea mays L., hybrid MON 863 x MON 810), genetically modified for resistance to corn rootworm (new pest in maize in Europe). Under this initiative, the authorisation would apply only to imports and processing of the product and would be valid for 10 years.
2. On 19 September 2005, the Commission consulted the Regulatory Committee on the deliberate release into the environment of GMOs which, despite the favourable opinion delivered by the Food Safety Authority in June 2005, was unable to give an opinion.
3. On 11 November 2005, the Commission accordingly submitted its proposal to the Council, which has a 3-month period from that date within which to act by a qualified majority.
The delegations' votes in the Regulatory Committee are set out in table form in the Annex.
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