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TITLE:  THE CULTIVATION OF GM-SOY WILL BE BANNED AS OF JANUARY 1, 2007
SOURCE: The Ministry of Agriculture - Romania Press Release
        Translated and posted by Inf'OMG (Romania)
DATE:   04 Jan 2006

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THE CULTIVATION OF GM-SOY WILL BE BANNED AS OF JANUARY 1, 2007

Taking into account the numerous debates at the European level on the
genetically modified organisms (GMO) and the political sensitivity of
this subject (the majority of the EU member states and the majority of
European consumers are opposing the cultivation and the consumption of
products derived from GM plants), it it necessary to clarify the status
of GM-soy in our country, because this type of soy is not approved for
cultivation in the EU.

Consequently, the Romanian Ministry of Agriculture organised, in Autumn
2005, a series of debates, with the participation of specialists from
institutions involved in GMO regulation (the Ministry of Agriculture -
MAPDR, The Ministry of Environment MMGA, The National Sanitary -
Veterinary and Food Safety Authority - ANSVSA, The National Authority
for Consumers Protection - ANPC, The Ministry of Health- MS),
agricultural research and education institutions (including
universities) from Romania, parliamentaries, representatives of GM seeds
producers, cultivators and GM soy seed processing companies, ecological
agriculture associations and NGOs for environmental protection. A strict
analysis of all the aspects connected to this sector was made, taking
into consideration the techniqual, economic and social advantages but
also the risks of GM plant cultivation for the environment, health,
conventional and ecological agriculture as well as the ethical aspects
of this technology.

Following discussions the representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture
had with European Comission experts, the necessity of taking a clear
position in this field has emerged, from the part of Romania, in the
perspective of the European integration

After the Romanian Government meeting from 25.01.2006, it was decided to
ban GM soy, starting with January 1st , in accordance with current EU
regulations.

For the present year, the GM soy cultivation will be accepted following
conditions that are to be decided in the next period, through a
Governmental Decision.

Romania will continue harmonizing the national legislation with the
European legislation and constituting the institutional framework to
implement it, in order to enforce the inspection and control system of
GMO related activities.

Press office of the Ministery of Agriculture - Romania

Released on : 3-02-2006

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TITLE:  CULTIVAREA SOIEI MODIFICATE GENETIC VA FI INTERZISA INCEPAND CU 1
        IANUARIE 2007
SOURCE: Ministry of Agriculture, Forests and Rural Development, Romania
        http://mapam.ro/pages/view_presa.php?id=1238&lang=2
DATE:   03  Jan 2006

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CULTIVAREA SOIEI MODIFICATE GENETIC VA FI INTERZISA INCEPAND CU 1
IANUARIE 2007

Avand in vedere numeroasele dezbateri la nivel european pe tema
organismelor modificate genetic (OMG), precum si sensibilitatea politica
a subiectului (majoritatea statelor membre si majoritatea consumatorilor
europeni opunandu-se cultivarii plantelor modificate genetic si
utilizarii produselor obtinute din acestea), este necesara clarificarea
statutului soiei modificate genetic in tara noastra, intrucat acest tip
de soia nu este aprobat pentru cultivare în Uniunea Europeana.

In acest sens, MAPDR a organizat, in toamna anului 2005, o serie de
dezbateri pe tema organismelor modificate genetic, la care au participat
specialisti din institutii implicate in reglementarea OMG (MAPDR, MMGA,
ANSVSA, ANPC, MS), institutii de cercetare si invatamant superior
agricol din Romania, parlamentari, reprezentanti ai producatorilor de
seminte modificate genetic, ai cultivatorilor si procesatorilor de soia
modificata genetic, ai asociatiilor de agricultura ecologica, ai unor
organizatii neguvernamentale pentru protectia mediului. S-a facut o
analiza riguroasa a tuturor aspectelor legate de acest sector, avand in
vedere avantajele tehnico-economice, sociale, dar si riscurile
cultivarii plantelor modificate genetic pentru mediu, sanatate, pentru
agricultura conventionala si ecologica, aspectele etice ale acestei
tehnologii.

In urma discutiilor purtate de reprezentantii MAPDR cu experti ai
Comisiei Europene, a reiesit necesitatea adoptarii unei pozitii clare
din partea Romaniei in acest domeniu, in perspectiva integrarii europene.

Prin urmare, in sedint¸a Guvernului Romaniei din data de 25.01.2006, s-a
decis interzicerea cultivarii soiei modificate genetic in Romania
incepand cu data de 1 ianuarie 2007, conform reglementarilor in vigoare
in Uniunea Europeana.

Pentru anul in curs, cultivarea soiei modificate genetic va fi acceptata
cu respectarea unor conditii ce urmeaza a fi adoptate in perioada
imediat urmatoare prin hotarâre de Guvern.

Romania va continua armonizarea legislatiei nationale cu cea a Uniunii
Europene, construirea cadrului institutional pentru implementarea
acesteia, in vederea intaririi sistemului de inspectie si control al
activitatilor cu organisme modificate genetic.

Biroul de Presa al Ministerului Agriculturii, Padurilor si Dezvoltarii Rurale

Data publicarii: 3-02-2006

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