Ministers from 12 European Union member states have urged the European Commission to reconsider its proposal to approve a new strain of genetically modified maize.
The representatives, from countries including Austria, France and Italy, sent a letter dated 12 February to European Health Commissioner Tonio Borg asking him not to sanction the approval of Pioneer 1507. The move follows a debate at an EU General Affairs Council meeting on 11 February, at which it became clear that the Commission is almost certain to sanction cultivation of the crop. This is despite the opposition of 19 of the 28 member countries – and the European Parliament. The letter states that this outcome would not “yield approval under any other decision-making procedure”.