Conseil de l’UE : Compte-rendu de la réunion de la formation « Agriculture et pêche » sur le suivi de l’arrêt de la Cour de justice sur les OGM issus de mutagénèse

Niveau juridique : Union européenne

Extrait du compte-rendu de la réunion du 14 mai 2019 (disponible uniquement en anglais pour l’instant - éléments mis en gras par nous)

« The Dutch delegation, with the support of Estonia, drew the attention of the Council to the follow up to the judgment of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in case C-528/16 and asked for a unified EU approach regarding the implementation of the EU GMO (genetically modified organism) legislation with regard to mutagenesis and other so-called « new breeding techniques ».

In case C-528/16 the Court ruled that organisms obtained by mutagenesis are GMOs and are, in principle, subject to the obligations laid down by the GMO Directive. However, organisms obtained by mutagenesis techniques which have conventionally been used in a number of applications and have a long safety record are exempt from those obligations, on the understanding that the member states are free to subject them, in compliance with EU law, to the obligations laid down by the directive or to other obligations.

The request of a common EU approach was supported by many delegations that generally asked for a consistent interpretation and an update of the current EU GMO legislation. The Commission explained that any new initiative would have to be undertaken by the new Commission, but also reassured member states that in the meantime it would continue to provide support in the implementation of the GMO legislation ».

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