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GM Tree Directive Coming Soon

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The Commission has published  27 May 1999 a proposal for a Council Directive on the marketing of forest reproductive material (seeds, cuttings, plants and other material) to bring existing Directives up to date. Document Reference COM/99/0188 final. As far as I can see there is no Official Journal reference yet.
It foresees that for GM forestry reproductive material there will be a new Council Regulation, not yet drafted, opting out of 90/220. For the present time 90/220 continues to apply. The revision of 90/220 Article 10 will specify the scope of issues (like traceability, as well as the environmental risk assessment) which will need to be covered by such vertical legislation.

Steve Emmott
Policy Advisor-Genetic Engineering
Green Group in the European Parliament
1047 Brussels

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