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28 April, 2016

Commission fails to regulate new GMOs after intense US lobbying

Corporate Europe Observatory

The European Commission has shelved a legal opinion confirming that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) produced through gene-editing and other new techniques fall under EU GMO law, following pressure from the US government. A series of internal Commission documents obtained under freedom of information rules reveal intense lobbying by US representatives for the EU to disregard its GMO rules, which require safety testing and labelling.

The documents show that US pressure is focussed on potential barriers to trade from the application of EU GMO law. They suggest that the EU should ignore health and environmental safeguards on GMOs to pave the way for a transatlantic trade agreement.

This briefing exposes lobbying by the US government during a crucial period, at the end of 2015, as revealed in pre-meeting briefings and correspondence released by the Commission:

No wonder why Obama took a clear position in favor of TTIP prior to the beginning of the next round of TTIP negotiations on 25 April 2016 in New York. From PressTV :

President Barack Obama says the United States and the European Union (EU) need to press ahead with the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) despite widespread opposition.

Angela and I agree that the United States and the European Union need to keep moving forward with the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations,” Obama said Sunday [24/4] after meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Speaking in a joint press conference with Merkel in the German city of Hannover, Obama added that the controversial trade pact’s benefits for the US economy were “indisputable.”

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