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TITLE:  Commission welcomes final adoption of new Regulation on the
        transboundary movements of genetically modified organisms
SOURCE: European Commission, Press Relese IP/03/835
        http://europa.eu.int/rapid/start/cgi/guesten.ksh?p_action.gettxt=
        gt&doc=IP/03/835|0|RAPID&lg=EN
DATE:   June 13, 2003

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Commission welcomes final adoption of new Regulation on the transboundary
movements of genetically modified organisms

DN: IP/03/835
Date: 13/06/2003
TXT: EN
PDF: EN
DOC: EN

 IP/03/835

 Brussels, 13 June 2003

 Commission welcomes final adoption of new Regulation on the
transboundary movements of genetically modified organisms

 The European Commission welcomed the formal adoption by EU Environment
Ministers today of the Regulation on the transboundary movements of
genetically modified organisms (GMOs). This agreement marks an important
step towards the full implementation into EU legislation of the
provisions of the UN Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, which aims to
ensure, on a global scale, the protection of biodiversity and of human health.

 Environment Commissioner Margot Wallström said: "The agreement reached
today is a very important achievement, which confirms the commitment of
the European Union to the objectives of the Biosafety Protocol. I take
this opportunity to welcome the upcoming entry into force of this
international agreement, most probably in September 2003, and
congratulate the Republic of Ghana and the Republic of Palau for their
recent ratification, which have triggered the entry into force of the
Protocol. Thanks to the agreement reached today, the European Union will
be in the position to honour its commitments in a timely manner".

 The European Union ratified the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety on 27
August 2002. The overall purpose of this United Nations agreement is to
establish common rules to be followed in transboundary movements of GMOs
in order to ensure, on a global scale, the protection of biodiversity and
of human health.

 In order to fulfil its international obligations, the EU must transpose
the provisions of the Biosafety Protocol into its own legal order. This
Regulation complements the existing regulatory framework, in particular
for exports of GMOs, in order to align it with the provisions of the
Biosafety Protocol.

 Commissioner Wallström added: "This is a global issue which needs global
action. The Biosafety Protocol establishes one set of basic international
rules for dealing with GMOs. The Protocol will ensure that countries
exporting or importing GMOs can rely on a sound regulatory framework, so
that they can make informed choices. This Protocol will be particularly
helpful for developing countries, which may lack the resources to
properly assess the risks and the benefits of biotechnology. We call on
countries to ratify and implement the Biosafety Protocol and we invite
those who are not in a position to ratify to contribute to the
achievement of its objectives on a voluntary basis."

 The main elements of the Regulation are:

 The obligation to notify exports of GMOs intended for deliberate release
into the environment and secure express consent prior to a first
transboundary movement;

 The obligation to provide information to the public and to our
international partners on EU practices, legislation and decisions on
GMOs, as well as on accidental releases of GMOs;

 A set of rules for the export of GMOs intended to be used as food, feed
or for processing;

 Provisions for identifying GMOs for export.

 The current Regulation does not foresee new specific EU provisions for
imports or for movements of GMOs between Member States. These operations
will continue to be covered by existing EU legislation.

 In light of the imminent entry into force of the Biosafety Protocol(1) ,
the Commission endeavoured to facilitate an agreement, which will allow
the respect of the international deadlines. The Regulation is broadly in
line with the overall approach of the Commission's original position, but
includes stricter provisions as regards the explicit consent to be given
from importing countries. Today's agreement is based on a close co-
operation between the Commission, the Parliament and the Council.

 The Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following
that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European
Communities. It shall apply from the day of entry into force of the
Protocol, or at the date of entry into force of the Regulation, whichever
shall be the later.

 (1) 50 countries and the European Union have already ratified the
Protocol, which shall enter into force on the ninetieth day after the
date of deposit of the fiftieth instrument of ratification.




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