Niveau juridique : Union européenne
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« Based on the findings of its study, the Commission is proposing legislation on plants produced by certain new genomic techniques (NGTs). Between 24 September and 22 October 2021, a public consultation was carried out online. The Greens/EFA and several international food organisations conducted an effective campaign by means of pre-completed forms using the Proca application (1). 70 894 comments were submitted in total (2).
1. Is the Commission aware of the use of automated standard submissions in this public consultation process, specifically via applications such as Proca that allow participants to submit more than one answer to the public consultation feedback page ?
2. Does it believe a distorted picture may arise because of the use of standard submissions, and if not, why not ?
3. Can it indicate how it will use the results of this campaign in the analysis that will lead to recommendations on legislation for plants produced by NGTs, and how it will ensure that the results are not adversely affected by one-sided responses such as these ones ?
Réponse de Mme Kyriakides au nom de la Commission européenne le 20 décembre 2021
1. During the feedback on the inception impact assessment for the legislation for plants produced by certain new genomic techniques, the Commission received 70,894 replies, of which 98% were identified as coming from campaigns (1). A user-modifiable, precompiled reply template was made available on the website of the Greens/European Free Alliance (EFA) group of the European Parliament ; similar templates were published also on the websites of non-governmental organisations.
2. In line with the Better Regulation guidance, the Commission systematically checks if contributions are artificially created or if responses come from campaigns. Campaign responses will be referred to and analysed separately from non-campaign individual responses. The analysis of the feedback is currently ongoing.
3. The Commission is fully committed to gather the views of all those concerned, transparently report on the results of the consultation activities and on how contributions are used in the policy-making process. The input from citizens, business and civil society is reported in the impact assessment report, along with explanations on how this information is taken into account.
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