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European Council agrees to allow member states to restrict or ban cultivation of GMOs

9:31 AM MDT | June 12, 2014 | Michael Ravenscroft

The European Council has reached agreement that provides for a two-step procedure enabling European member states to restrict or even ban the cultivation of authorized genetically-modified organisms (GMO) on their respective territories, the European...


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TTIP: European Parliament committee calls for support of SMEs, energy-intensive sector; access to US markets

The European Parliament's committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) says that the transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP), currently being negotiated between the European Union and the United States, should include a period of maintained...

European Council ready to negotiate with parliament over market stability reserve

The presidency of the European Council, the institution of the heads of state or government of the member states of the European Union, currently held by Latvia, has a mandate to start negotiations with the European Parliament on the establishment and...

ECHA provides update on SVHC 2020 road map

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has published its first annual report on the implementation of its road map for substances of very high concern (SVHC). The Roadmap for SVHC identification and implementation of Reach risk management measures...

European Parliament approves proposal to reduce use of lightweight plastic bags; European Commission to examine environmental impact of "oxo-degradable" plastic bags

The European Parliament, in a draft resolution of its committee on the environment, public health and food safety, has approved the position of the European Council at first reading for the adoption of a directive of the European Parliament and -Council aimed...

Saskatchewan introduces changes to potash taxation, PotashCorp 'disappointed'

The provincial government of Saskatchewan is implementing interim changes to potash taxation. The province is changing the way in which potash companies can claim capital expenditures (capex) as tax deductions, effective 1 January 2015. All capex will...

ECHA adopts community rolling action plan for 2015–2017; 134 substances to be evaluated, 48 in this year

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) says it has adopted the final community rolling action plan (CoRAP) for 2015–2017. A total of 134 substances are to be evaluated by 21 European member states during the next three years. The CoRAP for...

ECHA considers proposal to restrict BPA in thermal paper

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) says that its risk assessment committee (RAC) is continuing to deliberate on a proposal from France to restrict the use of bisphenol A (BPA) as a dye developer in thermal paper. Such paper is commonly used in...

EFSA report: More than half of food samples in EU are free of pesticide residues

About 55% of food samples evaluated by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) show no detectable traces of pesticide residues, the authority says. Of the samples that show residual pesticides, the levels fall within the legal limits in more...

Syngenta gains approval for stacked corn seed in Vietnam

Syngenta announced today that the Vietnam's Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has approved its Bt11 x GA21 double-stack corn seed for commercial cultivation in the country. This double stack will be available for the 2015–16 season. Corn...

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