Draft bill banning GM crops in Greece opens for public consultation

The Environment and Energy ministry posted for public consultation on Wednesday a draft bill ensuring a ban in the cultivation of all genetically modified crops in Greece.

The bill incorporates into national law the provisions of the EU directive 2015/412 “as regards to the possibility for member states to restrict or prohibit the cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in their territory.”

According to the ministry, this bill ensures Greece can unilaterally prohibit the cultivation of all GMOs which are approved at EU level or are in the process of being granted a license, with the automatic activation of procedures stated in the directive. At the same time, Greece, for the first time, complies fully with EU law and the rules of international trade.

The bill will be open for consultation until Dec. 17.

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