Council Press Release (13130/05), 25 October 2005
Extract from the 2685th Council Meeting - Agriculture and Fisheries
In the absence of a qualified majority, the Council was unable to act on the Commission's proposal concerning the provisional prohibition in Greece of the marketing of seeds of maize hybrids with the genetic modification MON 810 (11834/05), listed in the common catalogue of varieties of agricultural plant species, pursuant to Directive 2002/53/EC.
The proposal is now being sent back to the Commission, which will adopt it on expiry of the three months' deadline imposed on the Council.
The aim of the above proposal is to deny authorisation to Greece to ban the marketing of the maize hybrids.
The competent authorities of Greece had notified to the Commission in April 2005 a Ministerial Order prohibiting for the 2005 and 2006 growing seasons the marketing of seeds of the seventeen above-mentioned varieties and had asked the Commission to authorise this national measure in accordance with Article 18 of Directive 2002/53/EC.
GA 21/MON 863
In the absence of a qualified majority, the Council was unable to act on the Commission proposals on maize line GA 21 (11928/05) and MON 863 (12197/05).
The proposals are now being sent back to the Commission, which will adopt them on expiry of the three months' deadline imposed on the Council.
Notifications concerning the placing on the market of foods and food ingredients derived from genetically modified Roundup Ready maize line GA 21 and maize line MON 863 as novel foods or novel food ingredients under Regulation (EC) No 258/97 had been submitted by Monsato to the competent authorities of the Netherlands in the former case (July 1998) and of Germany in the latter case (July 2002).