Economy

Hungarian, Austrian MEPs Team Up To Demand Strict EU Regulation On GMOs

European People’s Party MEPs György Hölvényi of Hungary and Elisabeth Köstinger of Austria organised a conference in Brussels on the importance of regulating genetically modified organisms in the European Union. Hölvényi told European Commission representatives that EU citizens have doubts about the bloc’s regulation of genetically modified crops, which he said EU decision-makers had a responsibility to dispel.

MEPs György Hölvényi (HU) and Elisabeth Köstinger (AT)
MEPs György Hölvényi (HU) and Elisabeth Köstinger (AT)

The Hungarian MEP said his country has made great strides in this area as well as it plans to introduce rules on voluntarily labelling GMO-free products. Hölvényi said the majority of EU citizens are against the distribution and consumption of genetically modified crops, while two-thirds of member states have banned their production. Imported food supplies and soy-based animal feed, however, may still contain GMOs. Hungary is fortunate enough to have a constitution that declares the country a GMO-free area, a goal which all political parties agreed on. The strategy to make the EU GMO-free guarantees not just the food security of future generations, but also the continent’s biodiversity and serves environmental protection and economic goals as well, the Hungarian Christian Democrat MEP said.

Two months ago Hungary submitted a petition to the European Commission (EC) asking for a ban in Hungary on all genetically modified maize varieties that have production licences or are about to get one in the European Union. The Hungarian government sent its petition on September 21, asking for the ban of 8 products. The government will also ask for exemptions from the EC in the future if other GMO producers ask for European distribution rights, a Ministry of Agriculture official said, noting that Hungary’s constitution stipulates that the country remain GMO-free.

via hungarymatters.hu and MTI