EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 22 APRIL

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EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS - 22 APRIL
22 Apr 2015

EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 22 APRIL

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More freedom for Member States to decide on the GMOs use for food & feed

Today the Commission presents the outcome of its review of the decision-making process for the authorisation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) as food and feed. This review derives from the Political Guidelines presented to the European Parliament in July 2014, on the basis of which this Commission was elected. The review confirms the need for changes that reflect public views and allow national governments to have a greater say on the use of EU-authorised GMOs for animal (feed) or human (food) consumption. As a result of this review, the Commission proposes to amend the legislation to confer upon Member States more freedom to restrict, or prohibit the use of EU-authorised GMOs in food or feed on their territory. Today’s package on GMOs comprises the following documents: a Commission Communication reviewing the decision-making process on genetically modified organisms; and a proposal for a Regulation allowing Member States to restrict or prohibit the use of GMOs for food or feed purposes in their territory. A press release is now available in all EU languages here. More information of today’s texts can also be found in all languages in an online Fact sheet and a MEMO.   For more information click here

 

European Parliament and EU Council back European Commission trade mark reform package

After two years of inter-institutional discussions, the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council reached yesterday in so-called “trilogue discussions” provisional political agreement on the trade mark reform package. The agreed measures will make trade mark registration systems in the EU more accessible and efficient for businesses in terms of lower costs, increased speed, more predictability and greater legal certainty. European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Elżbieta Bieńkowska, said: “Trade mark intensive industries contribute enormously to economic performance and employment in the European Union. The agreement on the EU trade mark reform package will lead to a modernised and more efficient legal framework. This will promote entrepreneurship and competitiveness, which is good news for Europe. And we will be better equipped to stop the flow of counterfeit products effectively.” More details available here: IP/15/4823 , MEMO/15/4824 and Trade Marks including Community Trade Mark

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