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Commission under fire over GM rules

A proposal by the European Commission to allow national bans on EU-approved genetically modified crops has been criticised on the basis that it will allow nations to circumvent science advice.

A commission spokesman, speaking to EurActiv on 24 April, said: “The new concept is intended to find the right balance between maintaining an EU approval system and giving member states the opportunity to freely decide on the use of GMOs within their own territory.”

But in an editorial published on 24 April, the Financial Times said on 24 April that the move was “short-sighted, anti-scientific and possibly even in breach of EU law” because it undermines EU advice about GM safety. 

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