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Letter - Peer-reviewed, 2019

Implementing an EU opt-in mechanism for GM crop cultivation

Eriksson, Dennis; Sagi, Laszlo; Schiemann, Joachim; Twardowski, Tomasz; Vanek, Tomas; de Andrade, Eugenia; Bohanec, Borut; Chatzopoulou, Sevasti; Defez, Roberto; Eriksson, Nelida Leiva; van der Meer, Piet; van der Meulen, Bernd; Ritala, Anneli


The cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops in the EU remains a highly polemic issue. The only GM crop event that is currently authorised is the insect‐resistant maize “MON810”. The GM potato variety “Amflora” with improved tuber starch composition was approved for cultivation in 2010, but later withdrawn. One of the main reasons that not more GM crops are authorised for cultivation is a regulatory gridlock with a recurring inability to reach a qualified majority in the designated committee for either approval or rejection.


GMO; GM crops; EU; regulations; legislation

Published in

EMBO Reports
2019, volume: 20, number: 5, article number: e48036

Authors' information

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Plant Breeding
de Andrade, Eugénia
Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agrária e Veterinária (INIAV)
Bohanec, Borut
University of Ljubljana
Chatzopoulou, Sevasti
Roskilde University
Defez, Robert
National Research Council (CNR)
Leiva-Eriksson, Nelida
Lund University
van der Meer, Piet
Ghent University
van der Meulen, Bernd
European Institute for Food Law
Ritala, Anneli
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Sagi, Laszlo
Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Schiemann, Joachim
Julius Kühn Institute (JKI)
Twardowski, Tomasz
Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry
Vaněk, Tomáš
Institute of Experimental Botany ASCR

UKÄ Subject classification

Law (excluding Law and Society)
Agricultural Science

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