BELGIUM/ The European Commission organized in Brussels a conference on the “socio-economic
dimensions of GMO cultivation”; to give light to a situation that has clear reactions
against its implementation.
modified organisms are strongly rejected by many countries in Europe while are
considered as harmful to the agricultural sector, polarizing the debate among
The GMO´s debate
Due the growing problems in Europe between parts around GMO´s, John Dalli, the EU Health and Consumer Policy Commissioner, stated the commitment build an active and transparent dialogue with each party interested with GMOs.
Against this background, he has asked his services to organise a series of hearings on this topic with a view to gathering Member States, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), representatives from non-EU countries, NGOs and business stakeholders around the table and exchange views.
The first event of a series of meetings to know more about the GMO´s took place on 17 March 2011 and focussed on the issue of 'GMO risk assessment and management'.
For this second event, the Commission intended to address the complex issue of the social and economic impacts of GMO cultivation as a follow up to the publication of a Commission's report on the same subject of 15 April 2011.
The meeting held ending October, tried to give light to a situation that in many cases is out of comprehension from many parts involved. Most countries in Europe, for example, are not planting GMO´s in their soil, and where are crops the places are under strict control.