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EU to decide on the market access to be granted to the genetically modified carnations

2013-11-20

EU to decide on the market access to be granted to the genetically modified carnations

Lithuania has filed its comment to the European Commission concerning supply of genetically modified carnation to the EU market currently examined by the Commission.

With view to the expert findings by the academics, facts available and the results of the Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms, held last week, the Ministry of Environment has no reason to object to the intentions of the Netherlands to import genetically modified carnation to the EU.

According to Valentinas Mazuronis, the Minister of Environment, “the findings of experts suggest that the flowers in question should not have negative impact on the environment and human health. Furthermore, the flowers in question would reach the EU market already picked”.

Suntory holdings limited Osaka, company (Japan) has submitted an application to allow supply of blossoms of genetically modified carnation to the EU market for the decorative purposes. The products would enter the EU market via the Netherlands.

The European Commission has addressed the EU Member States and requested their comments or objections on the issue with view to the Directive on the deliberate release into the environment of genetically modified organisms. Once all the EU Member States submit their comments, vote shall be taken by the EU Member States concerning permission whether to offer genetically modified carnation on the EU market.

The carnation in question would mostly be stored in closed premises, ensuring limited contact with insects. Furthermore the bees do not pollinate the carnation in question. This species has no instruments or independent vegetative procreation and only possible vegetative procreation can take place through intentional human activities.

Public Information Division
20/11/2013


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