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Commission is working on the completion of a
regulatory package on GM covering all aspects
and sectors, a package which is necessary to
restore confidence in the process of
authorisation and monitoring of GMOs in the
The first of the
regulatory "building blocks" - the revised
horizontal directive on the deliberate
release of GMOs into the environment, the
updated 90/220, now Directive 2001/18/EC -
has been adopted by the Council of Ministers
and the European Parliament in February this
year. It provides strong safeguards in terms
of assessment, monitoring, traceability,
time-limited authorisations and research.
Commission is currently working out the
specifics of legislative proposals on
traceability and labelling for "live GMOs",
as well as on the appropriate traceability
for products derived from GMOs. This
traceability system would cover all sectors -
seeds, feed, food, taking into account the
needs and specificity of the various stages
of the food chain.
In addition, the
Commission intends to put forward proposals
to supplement the labelling requirements for
GM derived food, and to fill in the gaps in
the regulation of GM feed . In the near
future proposals concerning the purity
criteria for conventional seeds in relation
to GM seeds will also be presented.
In developing these
proposals, Commission services are
considering all aspects of the problem, and
talking to the various stakeholders. Once the
proposals are finalized and agreed by the
Commission, they will be published on this
web site. The European Parliament and the
Council of Ministers will discuss the
proposals and together take the decision on
the final adoption of the legislation. The
key objectives for Commissioner Byrne are:
that decisions are based on science; that
only safe food can be put on the market; that
consumers are able to exercise a choice on
the products they want to eat; and that a
regulatory regime is workable and