EU agreement opens door for new GMO cultivation in 2015

The Juncker Commission has brought four years of discussions on GMO crops to a close, extracting a compromise from the European Parliament and the Council. Member states that do not want GMOs cultivated inside their borders will retain the right to enforce a ban.

The trilogue negotiations (between the Commission, Parliament and European Council) over the cultivation of genetically modified crops in Europe continued late into the night of 3 December, ending with a provisional agreement.

This highly sensitive debate, which lasted 24 hours, was a priority for the new Commission.

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The agreed text leaves Europe sitting on the fence on the issue: member states still have the right to ban genetically modified crops, which are currently only grown in Spain, Portugal and the Czech Republic.