Thursday November 27, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
14o C
8o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
EU states near compromise on GM crops

After years of acrimonious debate, European Union states are finally near a compromise solution on the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops that will give reluctant governments the right to opt out from the practice.

European environment ministers meeting on Thursday in Luxembourg are expected to okay a draft ministerial accord promoted by Greece the current holder of the rotating EU Presidency which is modeled on a doomed 2010 proposal.

If agreed upon, the proposal will then go to the European Parliament for approval.

According to the draft accord, a country of the 28-member bloc will have the right to cultivate gene-altered crops, made by companies such as American agrochemical giant Monsanto, only after these have been found to comply with health and environment standards at an EU level. A national government will then be able to oppose cultivation of a genetically modified organism (GMO) based on a number of criteria such as environment, town-planning or agricultural policy.

Cultivation [requires] more flexibility in certain instances as it is an issue with strong national, regional and local dimensions, according to the text of the proposal that was leaked to the press on Wednesday.

In March, Environment Minister Yiannis Maniatis said the government would not allow the growing of GM crops on Greek territory.

ekathimerini.com , Wednesday June 11, 2014 (20:04)  
Seven PASOK MPs voice support for party leader
New law could transfer control of unused buildings
Greece set to accept continued role for IMF
Independent Greeks MP claims bribe attempt
PPC profits power up in Jan-Sept
Public Power Corporations impressive profits in the first nine months of 2014 create significant scope for a reduction in electricity rates and are the result of a cut in spending on fuel a...
Papastratos banking on exports
Leading tobacco firm Papastratos on Wednesday announced that a planned investment of 25 million euros in the transformation of the companys factory into an exporting center is in the works....
Inside Business
SOCCER
Atletico drubs Olympiakos 4-0, leaving Reds with slim chances of CL qualification
Atletico Madrid avenged its 3-2 defeat in Piraeus in September with a 4-0 win over Olympiakos on Wednesday, meaning the Greek champion only has mathematical hopes left for a spot in the next...
SOCCER
Atletico eyes last 16 berth against Olympiakos
Greek champion Olympiakos faces a tough task if it is to prevent last season's beaten finalist Atletico Madrid sealing its passage into the last 16 of the Champions League at the Vicente Cal...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
The presidential election paradox
A few days ago, speaking with a visiting colleague who neither works in Europe nor covers events here, I suddenly felt how much we Greeks take for granted some things that should have worrie...
COMMENTARY
Scraping together the 180 MPs will not be enough
Even if the coalition government was to scrape together the 180-MP majority it needs to elect a new President in the 300-seat House, skeptics say, what will change really? There is one evide...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
RECENT NEWS
1. PPC profits power up in Jan-Sept
2. Papastratos banking on exports
3. Saudi group Olayan to enter Costa Navarino
4. Bank-financed property transactions rise a notch
5. Seven PASOK MPs voice support for party leader
6. New law could transfer control of unused buildings
more news
Today
This Week
1. Greece paralyzed by major strike, flights cancelled
2. Greek diplomat dies in fall under Thai train
3. Chief suspect in Piraeus bar shooting arrested
4. Greece scrambles to find food, shelter for 700 migrants on crippled ship
5. Scraping together the 180 MPs will not be enough
6. Troika talks to continue after failure to wrap up negotiations in Paris
Today
This Week
1. Give Greece a chance
2. Biden heads to Istanbul amid tension over Cyprus EEZ violation
3. Scientists expand excavation of ancient Amphipolis
4. Extremism from a bygone era
5. Greece paralyzed by major strike, flights cancelled
6. Piraeus nightclub shooting leaves 3 seriously injured
Find us ...
... on
Twitter
... on Facebook
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.