Brussels Daily
24 Apr 2015


Brussels Daily

GMOs: Commission authorises 17 GMOs for food/feed uses and 2 GM carnations

The Commission is today adopting 10 new authorisations for GMOs for food/feed use, 7 renewals of existing authorisations and authorising also the importation of 2 GMO cut flowers (not for food or feed). These GMOs had gone through a full authorisation procedure, including a favourable scientific assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The authorisation decisions do not cover cultivation. The GMOs approved today had received “no opinion” votes from the Member States in both the Standing and Appeal Committees and the Commission decided to adopt these pending decisions after having not acted on authorisations during the past months whilst a review of the decision making procedure on GMO authorisations was ongoing. All the GMOs approved today have been proved to be safe before their placing on the EU market. The GM food and feed authorisations will be added to the existing list of 58 GMOs authorised in the EU for food and feed uses (covering maize, cotton, soybean, oilseed rape, sugar beet). The authorisations are valid for 10 years, and any products produced from these GMOs will be subject to the EU’s strict labelling and traceability rules. A press release is available here. The list of authorized plants is available here.

Additional funding to promote investment in the EU Neighbourhood

The Neighbourhood Investment Facility brings additional investments in transport, energy and environment infrastructure, including climate change mitigation and adaptation, and to the development of the social and private sectors in Eastern and Southern Partner Countries. The European Commission decided to contribute an additional EUR 295 million to the Facility in 2015 to enable more than EUR 3 billion in investments. “A flourishing economy across the neighbourhood is essential to reach our shared objectives of stability and prosperity. And for that, the private sector must be at the core of any successful process. A well-functioning private sector is critical to achieving strong and sustainable growth, creating the level of employment that is so much needed across the region. Our decision to provide an additional funding to the NIF will bring us closer to these shared objectives”, stressed Johannes Hahn,Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations. A press release is available here.

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