New Genetic Engineering Techniques / Apr. 2020

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Stakeholder consultation on “new genomic techniques” open to registered stakeholders 

The targeted stakeholder consultation, which kicks off the European Commission work on the study asked by Member States on “new genomic techniques”, is now open until the 15th May 2020. As the consultation is a targeted one, many national associations have been denied participation (you may find a full list of participating associations here). However, the “Umbrella Organisation for Crop and Livestock Biodiversity” (i.e. Dachverband Kulturpflanzen und Nutztiervielfalt), the European Coordination Via Campesina, IFOAM EU, Testbiotech, and Slow Food, who, amongst others like Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and Corporate Europe Observatory, all oppose the attempts to de-regulate new genomic techniques under Directive 2001/18 and advocate for independent risk assessment of the ‘new genomic techniques’ under study, are part of the organisations that have been given a say in the consultation. Interested stakeholders should get in touch with one of the aforementioned organisations as there are efforts to coordinate reaction to the Commission questionnaire within like-minded organisations.