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Jill Evans MEP: GMO freeze needed

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Plaid Cymru the Party of Wales MEP Jill Evans, who has an office in Ruthin, has called for a freeze on GMOs following a committee’s rejection of a European Commission proposal to authorise more GM crop cultivation.

The environment and public health committee’s vote called on EU governments to reject a Commission proposal to authorise the cultivation of a type of GM maize. Jill Evans MEP said that EU governments must now support a freeze on approvals.

Jill Evans MEP, who has long campaigned against the growing of GMO crops in Wales, said,

"Today's vote is a setback for the European Commission. I want to see EU governments now reject the proposal.

"Last week's European Court of Justice ruling, which overruled a previous GM authorisation from the Commission, raised more general concerns about the Commission's role in the approval of GMOs. Against this background, the only legitimate response is to freeze all potential or pending GMO authorisations and, in particular, this new variety of genetically modified maize (1507, marketed as Herculex outside the EU).”

Jill Evans MEP, who represents the whole of Wales in the European Parliament, added that there is a need to reform the EU's GMO authorisation process to take account of the consistent majority of EU member states in the Council of Ministers against authorisations.

“Moves towards ‘renationalisation’ to the member states of power over GM cultivation, proposed by the Commission, could be a way to force agreements through.

“This would be at odds with the views of the people of Wales and many others across the EU, who oppose GMOs. That is why I support a freeze on all new applications.”

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