Kęstutis Trečiokas: ‘Lithuania will not grow any genetically modified crops’2015-09-24
The Ministry of Environment will submit the requirements via the European Commission with a view to ensuring that no genetically modified crops are grown in Lithuania. This ban will be in force throughout the territory of the country.
‘We have always supported the prohibition to grow genetically modified crops for commercial purposes in our country. The Ministry of Environment will continue to make efforts that Lithuania’s biodiversity comes under no threat of any genetically modified crops’, said Minister of Environment, Kęstutis Trečiokas.
At the beginning of this year, the European Parliament gave more power for the Member States to decide themselves whether to grow genetically modified crops or not.
Following the decision to ban the growing of genetically modified crops in our country’s territory, the Ministry of Environment will, via the European Commission, request a clarification of the geographical scope of the previous applications submitted to the Commission or permissions issued, so that the whole territory of Lithuania is excluded from the cultivation zone. The ban would not apply to applications for growing genetically modified crops for research purposes.
‘At present, there are eight applications submitted at European level for commercial cultivation of genetically modified crops in the EU territory. We will approach the applicants through the European Commission with a request to specify the countries in which these crops are to be grown and ensure that Lithuania’s territory is excluded from this cultivation area. According to information available to us, such requirements have already been presented by Latvia, Greece and Austria’, said the Minister of Environment.
The results of control on genetically modified organisms confirm that no genetically modified crops are cultivated in our country. Similarly to the whole of the European Union, the cultivation of genetically modified crops and the placing on the market of genetically modified organisms are under strict control. Currently, specialists from the Nature Protection Division of the Ministry of Environment are drawing up a draft amendment to the Code of Administrative Offences that proposes to reinforce the responsibility and increase fines for the discharge of genetically modified organisms into the environment and their placement on the market in breach of the requirements laid down in legislation.
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