Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has criticised the European Council for its position on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).
Speaking during a debate in the Environmental Committee on the issue the Dublin MEP said:
"The European Council's report on GMOs contains too many loopholes and leaves member states open to legal challenges from biotech companies.
"The Council's proposals require a number of improvements mainly in the fields of risk assessment which requires strengthening and also in cross-border dissemination where I am proposing generous buffer zones between areas which have banned GM cultivation and those which haven't.
"I also propose enlarging the grounds justifying the restrictions or prohibition of GMOs on the territory of a member state by adding the protection of biodiversity and human or animal health.
"It is my intention to table amendments to improve the text in the Council's report and protect member states' right to ban GM cultivation and consumer rights in the face of biotech companies."