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The decision-making process on genetically modified food and feed

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Opinion Number: CDR 3636/2015
Rapporteur: WEINMEISTER Mark
Commission: NAT
Status: Adopted
Date: 13/10/2015
 
• The Rapporteur wishes the European Commission to withdraw the proposal.
The European Committee of the Regions

- broadly welcomes the intention underlying the Commission's proposal to give a greater say to the regions and extend their decision-making powers, but seriously questions the appropriateness of the measure in this particular case;



- would favour a system whereby, subject to legal examination and notwithstanding observations about the current proposal for a regulation, it should only ever be possible in future for the Commission to take a positive decision on an application if the Standing Committee or the Appeal Committee also vote in favour by at least a qualified majority;



- considers it unsatisfactory that, as current experience indicates, a prohibition option entails unreasonably high hurdles for a Member State to overcome before it can exercise this option at national level and impose a ban; this raises subsidiarity concerns and indicates that the proportionality principle would clearly be breached under this proposal;



- also notes with dissatisfaction that current experience suggests it is impossible to cost-effectively monitor a national ban in view of the free circulation of goods in the internal market and of global goods flows, not to mention the multiple links in the process chains of industrial food and feed production; would consequently recommend that the proposal for a regulation be rejected.

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European Parliament

ENVI committee votes in favour of a draft resolution condemning the Commission's (implementing) decision authorising the use of glyphosate-tolerant GM maize in food and feed. The motion also calls on the Commission to table a new proposal for GM food and feed and requests that the Commission suspends all ongoing authorisations for GM food and feed until the decision-making process has been reviewed.

 
30 Nov
 

European Parliament

EP Plenary debate and vote on the report: EP rapporteur's recommendation to reject the EC proposal was approved by 577 votes to 75, with 38 abstentions

 
27 Oct
 

European Commission

Commissioner Andriukaitis opening speech in the EP on GM food and feed

 
27 Oct
 

CoR Plenary Session

CoR Plenary vote on the opinion – adopted unanimously

 
12 Oct
 

European Parliament

EP ENVI Committee vote on the draft report

 
12 Oct
 

CoR Commission activity

Discussion and vote on the draft opinion within the NAT Commission

 
20 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with Mr. Jürgen WEIS and Mrs. Karin Margarethe METZ, German Permanent Representation to the EU

 
10 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with Céline VALERO and Dorothée ANDRÉ, Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety, European Commission

 
10 Sep
 

European Parliament

Vote on the GM food and feed report in the EP AGRI Committee

 
02 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with European Parliament Commission ENVI Shadow Rapporteur Guillaume Balas, MEP (S&D/FR)

 
14 Jul
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with European Parliament Commission AGRI rapporteur for opinion Albert Deß, (EPP/DE)

 
30 Jun
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with European Parliament Commission AGRI coordinator Martin Häusling, MEP (Greens/DE)

 
30 Jun
 

CoR Commission activity

Mr Mark Weinmeister (DE/EPP) was appointed as rapporteur for the opinion on Reviewing the decision-making process on genetically modified organisms (GMOs)

 
11 May
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