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9-Misc: On GMO-free regions in Romania and Mazedonia



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TITLE:  No Geneticaly Modified Organisms (GMOs) in our fields -
        GMO Free Region in Romania
SOURCE: National Federation of Organic Farmers &
        Information Centre on GMOs, both Romania
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DATE:   14 Mar 2006

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No Geneticaly Modified Organisms (GMOs) in our fields - GMO Free Region
in Romania

The National Federation of Organic Farmers (FNAE) and the Information
Centre on GMOs (InfOMG - Romania) announce the declaration of the first
GMO Free Region in Romania. A number of 26 localities from the Bistrita
Nasaud county, declared themselves as GMO Free Zones.

The 26 localities that are now declared as GMO Free Zones are - 2 cities:
Nasaud, Sangeorz-Bai and 24 de communes: Chiochis, Chiuza, Cosbuc,
Dumitra, Feldru, Ilva-Mare, Ilva - Mica, Lesu, Lunca - Ilvei, Maieru,
Magura - Ilvei, Nimigea, Nuseni, Parva, Poiana Ilvei, Rebra, Rebrisoara,
Rodna, Romuli, Runcu Salvei, Salva, Sant, Telciu, Zagra. All of them are
part of the Association for the Environmental Protection and the
Preservation of Watter Resources Pro Somes.

The GMO Free Zones declaration represents the official commitment of
local authorities, to the extent of their legal and organizational
powers, to cultivate no GMOs on their land.

Also, the local authorities are asking the relevant national and regional
politicians to make sure that no GM plant is will be cultivated this year
and in the future in the entire country and to ensure them that the
rights of the farmers who want to produce GM-free crops are in future
legally protected and that all suitable measures are employed in order to
avoid any GM contamination of their land and harvest.

According to the Ministery of Agriculture, in 2005 Romania registered
87.600 ha of commercial GM soy from a total of 130.000 ha sowed with soy.
This makes Romania to be considered the largest GMO cultivator in Europe.

The "GMO Free Romania" project is funded by the Grassroots Foundation,
Germany. The goal of the project is to make the local authorities aware
of the risks posed by GMOs, to convince them to take practical measures
to protect their regions in the new context of coexistence and to start
the public debate on the GMO issue in our country.

At the present, in Europe there are 162 de Regions and 4500
ZonesMunicipalitaties declared as GMO Free. The countries which promoted
this concept are Austria, Belgiun, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany,
Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia,
Spain, UK and the list goes on (see www.gmofree-europe.org and www.are-
regions-europe.orgGMO.html).

GMOs - an extreme controversed issue in the entire world, raise numerous
questions concerning the impact on the human health, biodiversity,
farmers, legistation etc. In Romania, coutry that is dealing now with
lots of dificulties on agriculture and environmental protection,
especially due to the future EU adhesion, the population is poorly
informed on the risks, the regulation at national and european level, the
reactions and initiatives of the european communities regarding the
cultivation and consumption of GMOs.

"It is vital to make sure that the products that we consume and the
plants that are cultivated do not present any kind of risks. If GMOs are
raising serious health and environment safety issues, then we have to
wait for much deeper independent studies, deep enough to answer absolutly
all questions. In only 10 years the GMOs reached to be cultivated on the
entire planet. Why all this hurry? This set of GMO Free declarations is
the first alert sent from local level to the national authorities to stop
the cultivation and the comercialization of GMOs in Romania." declares
Grigore Bindea, director of Pro Somes Association.

"The will of the European comunities is very strong against GMOs. You can
see that almost entire EU is a large GMO Free Zone. The same phenomenon
is expected to happen in the non EU countries. We choosed to start this
project in Bistrita-Nasaud county, North of Romania, due to the big numer
of traditional varieties which need immediate conservation and protection
especially in the light of future authorization for commercial release in
Romania of GM maize varieties. This first GMO Free Region in Romania
prooves that the local authorities are aware of the issue and they are
able to take a stand in front of a situation where the economic interests
are considered to be more important then the consumer protection and
farmers' rights." affirms Dan Craioveanu, the GMO Campaign Coordinator
from the part of the National Federation of Organic Farmers.


Images, other documents and maps can be found at www.gmo.rogmo-free.


For more details, please contact:

 Dan Craioveanu - GMO Campaign Coordinator
 The National Federation of Organic Farmers
 Mobile: +40 788 416 409, E-mail: dan@ngo.ro

 Ramona Duminicioiu - Executive Director
 The Information Centre on Geneticaly Modified Organisms
 Mobile +40 746 337 022, E-mail: ramona@gmo.ro
infomg@ngo.ro

 Grigore Bindea - Director
 Association for the Environmental Protection and the Preservation of
 Watter Resources Pro Somes 
 Mobile: +40 744 644 602, E-mail: prosomesbn@yahoo.com


                                 PART II
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TITLE:  Comparative Analysis of GMO Legislation
SOURCE: One World South East Europe, by Elena Simonoska
        http://www.southeasteurope.org/subpage.php?sub_site=2&id=16641&head=hl
DATE:   16 Mar 2006

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Comparative Analysis of GMO Legislation

The Eko-svest (www.ekosvest.com.mk) (Eco Awareness) environmental
organizations presented its comparative analysis of GMO (genetically
modified organisms) related legislation, prepared under the Macedonia -
GMO Free Zone project, financially supported by Milieukontakt. The
publication contains an introduction by Zhidas Daskalovski, Expert in
European Law, an analysis of three laws (draft version of the Macedonian
law, the Bulgarian GMO Law and the EU Directive for Intentional Release
of GMOs into the Environment). The Genetically Modified Organisms in
Macedonia? was presented by representatives of Eko-svest, Professor
Daskalovski and representatives of the Ecologists' Movement of Macedonia
DEM (http://www.dem.org.mk). DEM's analysis of the draft GMO Law of the
Republic of Macedonia was included in the publication. This publication
aims to attract the attention of the Ministry of Environment and Spatial
Planning to the need to further elaborate the existing draft with by-laws
and annexes. It also aims to inform the Government about the need to
adopt the Law as soon as possible and start its implementation in order
to protect the biodiversity in Macedonia.

 
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