January 19, 2016

19/01/2016: European Ombudsman: Commission must follow statutory timelines on GM authorisations

http://www.fefac.eu/The biotechnology industry (EuropaBio), the grain traders (COCERAL) and the feed manufacturers (FEFAC) welcome the European Ombudsman’s decision on their complaint regarding the European Commission’s handling of authorisation applications for genetically modified (GM) food and feed for import and processing.
The European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly decided that between 2012 and 2014 the Commission failed to meet the three months legally binding deadline for submitting draft decisions to the Standing Committee and to make its decisions within a reasonable time following the failure of the Appeal Committee to deliver an opinion.
EuropaBio, COCERAL and FEFAC are pleased that the Commission has started approving EFSA risk-assessed GM events for food and feed imports within reasonable time limits again and continue to call for a functioning, evidence-based EU policy on GMOs.

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