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GM Crops

Volume 447: debated on Wednesday 14 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the policy of the European Commission is on co-existence of GM and non-GM crops. (76070)

The Commission’s general policy is that coexistence measures should be proportionate and science-based, and that they are best determined and implemented at member state level. This is confirmed in the recommended guidelines that the Commission has issued to help member states develop their national coexistence strategies. These are available at http://ec.europa.eu/comm/agriculture/publi/reports/coexistence2/guide_en.pdf. More up to date background on the Commission’s thinking in this area is contained in the report that it issued earlier this year on the implementation of national coexistence measures. This can be found at http://ec.europa.eu/comm/agriculture /coexistence/com104_en.pdf.