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The European Commission has finalized its Revised Proposal on 90/220
(COM(99) 139 final).

As anticipated, the Commission has kicked out more than 50% of the
amendments which the European Parliament adopted in its first reading
(notably liability, antibiotic resistant marker genes, gene transfer to
wild relatives).

For those of you who have the report as adopted by the EP in February, here
are the numbers of the amendments which the Commission accepted:
1, 3-6, 11, 12, 14-17, 20, 25-27, 29, 31, 32, 35, 38, 39, 42-44, 53, 54,
57, 58, 60, 62, 64-66, 89, 92, 94, and parts of 9, 33 and 34.

It now looks almost certain that the German EU Presidency will duck the 220
issue and that no common position will be adopted by Environment Ministers
at their next meeting in June, thus postponing the revision of the
directive until the first half of 2000.

Best wishes,

Gill Lacroix
Friends of the Earth Europe
Biotechnology Programme
The United States and its allies "wanted an agreement without any
environmental credibility" : EU Environment Commission Ritt Bjerregaard on
the failure of the Biosafety Protocol negotiations (Financial Times,
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