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Juncker backtracks on GM promise – Lynn Boylan MEP

23 April, 2015 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Speaking after the Commission today announced legislative proposals on GM foods Sinn Féin MEP, Lynn Boylan, criticised the Commission for backtracking on its promise to make GM decisions more democratic.

‘Juncker has significantly rowed back on his promise to make GM decisions more democratic. Less than a year ago he acknowledged that it was wrong that the Commission could still authorise GM products even if there was a majority of the 28 member states opposed in Council but today has proposed a draft law which will not offer concerned citizens any peace of mind.’

 'This new proposal does nothing to reassure citizens and by offering weak national opt-outs it does not guarantee a sound legal guarantee for Member States who want to ban GM food or feed.'

If Juncker and his Commission had actually wanted to tackle the democratic deficit they would have proposed measures which improved the actual authorisation procedure itself.'

'It is wrong that the Commission can currently push through GM authorisations without the support of a majority of Member States and it is extremely disappointing that the Commission’s proposals do not aim to reform this situation.'

'If Juncker believes that empty promises such as this one on GM will make the EU ‘more democratic’ he is sadly mistaken.'

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