Lithuania to stand EU’s position on GMO2013-04-11
The Ministry of Environment ran a workshop on the use of genetically modified organisms (GMO) for public authorities, researchers, members of the GMO Management Supervision Committee and well-known international experts.
They discussed issues pertaining to the use of GMO, which are becoming increasingly important to the EU community. According to Ms Odeta Pivorienė, head of the GMO Division of the Nature Protection Department at the Ministry of Environment, in the recent years the Community has experienced a stronger pressure to open up broader opportunities for GMO.
Lithuania will soon take over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, which means it will have to represent, among other issues, the Community’s position on GMO on the global scale. EU Member States have ratified the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, which is the principle document regulating the use of living genetically modified organisms on an international scale. The EU policy is based namely on the principles of this international agreement. However, as Ms Pivorienė points out, the situation is encumbered by the absence of a single approach of EU Member States on using GMO.
Lithuania, as other small EU states, takes special precautions in using GMO and releasing them to the environment. Our country has received requests to allow growing GMO on a small area for research and development purposes, but has not granted a single permit to date. Intentions are to continue observing the precautionary principle in the future.
Information of the Ministry of Environment, tel. 8~706 63660
11 April 2013