European Parliament Votes to Support Proposal for the Regulation of New Genomic Techniques
European Parliamentcompletes a landmark vote in favour of the European Commissionproposal to introduce a new regulation for plants obtained by certain new genomic techniques (NGTs) and their food and feed.
- The proposal aims to increase the sustainability and resilience of the EU food system by enabling the development of improved plant varieties that are climate resilient, pest resistant, that require less fertilisers and pesticides, can secure higher yields and reduce the EUs dependency on agricultural imports.
- Following the positive vote, the parliamentary team is now ready to begin interinstitutional negotiations for a final agreement with the
European Counciland European Commission, aligned with the Commission’s target of adoption by July.
The EU Parliament met 5-8 February in
The legislation is part of a package of measures designed to ensure the sustainable use of natural resources and to strengthen the resilience of EU food systems. It describes a category of NGTs, classed as targeted mutagenesis and cisgenesis, producing modifications that could be obtained in nature or by conventional breeding. These are determined to be ‘Conventional-like’ and, once verified, would be regulated in the same way as conventional varieties.
In addition to enabling EU growers to benefit from improved varieties, the proposed regulation would also help facilitate international trade by bringing EU policy closer to that of trading partners in
MEP and rapporteur Jessica Polfjärd said of the vote, “Historic step forward: the
“The parliamentary vote is a significant milestone in the EU legislative process providing a welcome boost to innovators particularly in academia and small and mid-sized enterprises developing NGT products that can contribute to a sustainable EU agri-food system,” commented
“This is a pivotal moment in the development of a sustainable global food supply system. The promise of gene editing is its ability to address major challenges of farming such as disease, insects and a globally changing environment with greater speed and precision with traits that are indistinguishable from conventional breeding. This vote continues a global alignment to regulate certain gene editing applications as conventional and to enable this revolution to help farmers,” stated
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