The Council was briefed by the Commission on a proposal for a regulation on the possibility for the member states to restrict or prohibit the use of genetically modified food and feed on their territory.
During the exchange of views that followed, most of the member states expressed concerns about the proposal. Many questioned then the legal safety of the opt-out clauses which would be decided by a member state. They considered that the new process could weaken the single market and pointed out that it could contravene the international commitments of the EU. Many delegations regretted that no impact assessment has been prepared together with the proposal.
Monday July 13, 2015/ Council/ European Union.