The European commission has decided to freeze the approval process for genetically modified crops until 2014. Federic Vincent, a spokesman for Health Commissioner Tonio Berg, said that the authorizations for farming of GMO crops are frozen.
Several EU members including Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Luxembourg and Poland have adopted legislative provisions that allow them to block the cultivation of GM crops on their territory. The European’s commission approval of GM crops has impeded relations with a number of the 27 European members.
European Commission chief, Jose Manuel Barroso, has not forced the countries, that have adopted legislative provisions, to lift their safeguards. The EU has only approved the cultivation of two GMOs, the Amflora potato developed by BASF and the MON 810 maize developed by global seed giant Monsanto. The renewal of MON810 will be held up by the Commissions freeze.