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Lithuania approves the proposal to allow Member States to decide for themselves on the cultivation of GMOs

2010-07-16

Lithuania approves the proposal to allow Member States to decide for themselves on the cultivation of GMOs

Lithuania approves the proposal of the European Commission to allow Member States to decide for themselves whether to authorise, restrict or prohibit the cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on their territories.

According to Laimutis Budrys, director of the Nature Protection Department of the Ministry of Environment, if the proposal to amend the GMO Directive for this purpose was approved, Member States would acquire more freedom and more flexibility in decision-making with due consideration to local, regional and national characteristics.

Lithuania has taken and intends to continue to take an extremely cautious approach to the cultivation of GMOs. According to Laimutis Budrys, Lithuania still hasn’t granted a single authorisation to release GMOs into the environment. Presently, two types of modified crops can be cultivated in the European Union, viz. maize (authorised for commercial purposes in 1998) and starch potatoes known as “Amflora” potatoes (authorised for cultivation in March 2010). These GM crops are not being cultivated in Lithuania.

Ministry of Environment information, tel. 266 3660

16 July 2010

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas