Brussels, 12th February 2014
Mr Tonio Borg Commissioner European Commission Brussels
Yesterday’s discussion at the General Affairs Council on GMOs made clear that in the particular problem at hand, the extremely sensitive question of whether to authorise the genetically modified maize GM 1507, the solution is in the hands of the Commission. The Commission is still in position to withdraw its proposal.
An overwhelming majority of stakeholders, the European Parliament and Member States have repeatedly opposed the proposal.
Yesterday, in particular, only 5 Member States supported it and 19 were against.
That kind of an outcome would not yield approval under any other decision making procedure, amply underlining the validity and usefulness of the Commission’s 1999 pledge not to go against predominant majorities in such cases.
We are convinced that the Commission cannot ignore the legal, political and scientific concerns voiced by so many Member States and the general political landscape. We are therefore confident that, by considering the horizontal impact of the issue, the Commission will withdraw the proposal.
Sebastian Kurz Federal Minister for European and International Affairs, Austria
Kristian VIGENIN Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bulgaria
Ioannis KASOULIDES, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cyprus
Thierry REPENTIN Minister for European Affairs, France
Enikő GYŐRI Minister of State for European Affairs, Hungary
Enzo Moavero MILANESI Minister for European Affairs, Italy
Edgars RINKEVICS Minister of Foreign Affairs, Latvia
Vytautas Leškevičius, Vice-minister of Foreign Affairs, Lithuania
Jean ASSELBORN Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Luxembourg
Piotr SERAFIN Minister for European Affairs, Poland
Igor SENCAR, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Slovenia
Louis GRECH, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for European Affairs, Malta