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  Posting date: February 11, 2019
EU Parliament Against New Approvals for the Import of Genetically Engineered Plants
EU Parliament has adopted, with a large majority, several resolutions against approvals for GE maize, oilseed rape and cotton, while calling for higher standards in risk assessment and the strengthening of democratic decision making.
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  Posting date: July 27, 2018
EU Court of Justice Rules that Gene-Edited Organisms Are GMOs and Subject to GMO Regulations
The EU Court of Justice has ruled that organisms obtained by the new generation of gene editing techniques are GMOs and are subject to the obligations laid down by GM regulations of the EU.
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  Posting date: February 28, 2018
Genome Editing: Legal Expert Criticises Opinion of Attorney General of the EuCJ
New legal opinion states that new methods of genetic engineering such as genome editing must be regulated under the current EU Directive 2001/18.
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  Posting date: December 29, 2017
Statement on Gene Drives by the Norwegian Biotechnology Advisory Board
The Norwegian Biotechnology Advisory Board recommends a moratorium on the use of gene drives until international regulations for handling and risk assessment are in place.
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  Posting date: June 02, 2017
European Parliament Passes Resolutions Objecting to GM Maize and Cotton Imports
The European Parliament has passed resolutions objecting to the import of GM herbicide-resistant maize and cotton, citing concerns over harmful herbicide residues and calling for an overhaul of the EU GMO authorisation procedure.
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  Posting date: August 18, 2016
Swiss Government Plans to Extend GMO Moratorium to 2021
The Swiss Cabinet has approved a plan to extend the current moratorium on genetically modified organisms in agriculture to 2021.
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  Posting date: June 17, 2016
GM Crops May Not Fit Swiss Agrosystems
A study analysing the environmental and socio-economic sustainability of GM crops in Switzerland has found that, if introduced, they may not fit well with the specific dynamics of Swiss agrosystems.
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  Posting date: November 11, 2015
Majority of EU Member States Opt Out of GM Crop Cultivation
The majority of the 28 member states in the European Union have opted-out of GM crop cultivation.
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  Posting date: December 15, 2014
EU Member States to be Granted Right to Ban GM Crops
The EU Parliament and Council have agreed on new legislation that will allow EU member states to restrict or ban GM crops on their own territory. The move has however been described as failing to provide legal certainty for member states.
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  Posting date: April 02, 2013
Lawsuit Filed Against EU Authorisation of Genetically Engineered Soybeans
A coalition of European NGOs are challenging a decision of the EU Commission to authorize a new GM Monsanto soyabean at the European Court of Justice.
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