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GMO Polemics in Serbia    

Objavljeno : 28.11.2013. | Ažurirano : 29.11.2013. Štampa El. pošta bookmark
 

The debate about the opening of the market for genetically modified organisms (GMO) is often put into ideological context in Serbia, with insisting on the notion that admission into the EU and the World Trade Organization (WTO) also envisages opening for GMO. In this, the high level of protection the EU regulations secure for their citizens is not sufficiently mentioned. In a statement for EurActiv, a junior advisor of the EU delegation in Serbia Linda Ay said that, by adopting European regulations in the domain of genetically modified organisms, Serbia would fulfill the conditions for admission into the EU and the WTO, at the same time securing good protection for consumers and for the environment. Belgrade has announced the harmonization of its legislation with that of the EU in this field, with the primary aim of protecting the consumers.

 

Some WTO members with less strict regulations would perhaps wish for Serbia to take their path, but harmonization with EU regulations would be sufficient for honoring the free trade regulations which apply in the WTO, Ay said. She also pointed out that a debate is under way in the EU about amending the GMO regulations, which would enable the member states to more freely make their own decisions on banning GMO.

 

EU regulations guarantee that GMO cannot be placed on the market before they pass a thorough assessment or risks by the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) and by expert bodies of the member states, and obtain a permit, said the EU delegation’s junior advisor, Linda Ay. Besides, it is necessary that a company which has the permit performs strict supervision of possible unwanted effects of GMO on the environment, in which EFSA regularly controls this supervision.

 

Moreover, all products that consist of GMO, contain them or are produced from them have to be clearly marked. This provides consumers with full freedom of choice about whether they want to buy them, or opt for those conventionally grown.

 

Serbia’s harmoniyation with the EU standards will enable its citizens to enjoy a high degree of protection of health and the environment which this legal framework provides, Ay said.

 

By harmonizing GMO legislation with that of the EU, Serbia will have the possibility to allow only those organisms which are allowed in the EU and, if that is justified, apply the same clauses as the member countries and thus suspend the introduction of GMO, she added.

 

Namely, member states are allowed to quote a safety clause and ban even those organisms which have been permitted at the EU level, if they believe these would represent a risk for the environment or health. The member states are doing this, coupled with the fact that EFSA regularly gives an opinion that these explanations are ungrounded.

 

Serbian law does not protect consumers sufficiently

 

The current law on GMO in Serbia prohibits the trading and growing of GMO for commercial purposes but, at the same time, this law does not consider as GMO any agricultural product that has up to 0.9% of genetic modification.

 

Serbia is planning to harmonize this law with EU regulations, and Serbian Minister for Agriculture Dragan Glamocic explained the current Serbian regulations and plans for harmonization, in Brussels on Oct. 29.

 

According to his earlier announcements, Serbia will not allow the cultivation of GMO, except for scientific purposes and in strictly controlled conditions, but will harmonize regulations about trading with the EU legislation.

 

In an interview to BETA on Oct. 26, the minister said that “we want to introduce the standards that apply in the EU, which means make the law strict to the maximum regarding the treatment of products that have up to 0.9% of GMO content, which are now being put on the market freely and without any procedure.

 

At the European marke treshold is the same, but labelling is not required only if the GMO contamination was adventitious or technically unavoidable. It implies that operators demonstrate to the competent authorities that they have taken adequate measures to avoid the presence of this material.

 

Another issue in Serbia are unsufficiently efficient inspections and controls. GMO soya is, for example, often found in Serbia during controls. This year agricultural inspection found 23 hectares under GMO soya, but experts claim it's only a small fraction.


GMO are also controversial in the EU

 

A debate about the use of GMO is under way in Serbia. The population and part of the expert public maintain a predominantly negative stand regarding GMO. This debate is also being placed in the context of ideology, with organizations that oppose Serbia’s membership in the EU and the WTO dealing with this issue. Those who put GMO in this context are the extreme right organizations, the 1389, the SNP Nasi, while the right-wing Democratic Party of Serbia launched a parliamentary initiative for putting a moratorium on GMO until 2020, after the presentation of the draft law on GMO which envisaged the opening of the market for these products.

 

Besides this, a debate is also under way in scientific circles, and the public is interested in this issue, which is certainly of great importance for the consumers and the environment. Fears are being additionally fuelled by the fact that inspection services in Serbia are known to be not efficient enough, so illegal GM soy plantations are discovered in Serbia despite the ban on GMO.

 

It is the intention of the Serbian government to not allow full trading in GMO, but this will not be done without a plan and the imports will be strictly controlled, with the aim of protecting human health.

 

Linda Ay stated that GMO cultivation is still very controversial even in some EU member states.

 

The debate about GMO that is under way in Serbia is not very different from the debates in the EU member states, and several initiatives have been launched in the EU, to make it possible that different preferences of consumers regarding GMO are taken into consideration, she said. Because of this, in 2010 the European Commission made a proposal to the member states and to the European Parliament, which would provide greater flexibility in deciding about growing GMO on their territory.

 

If this proposal is adopted, the member states will have the possibility to limit or ban GMO growing on their territory, not only because they have serious concerns regarding possible health and environment risks (which the EU legislation recognizes), but also for other reasons, such as social and economic (e.g. if farmers who do not cultivate GMO were to have additional expenditures in areas where GMO are grown) and for reasons of planning of development and using of land, Linda Ay stated.

 

This means that, for the time being, local bans on GMO, like the declarations which are being passed in municipalities and cities of Serbia, would not be approved by the EU but, with the passing of the new law, this would be possible.

 

She also said that only one GMO is currently grown in the EU – Monsanto’s corn hybrid MON 810, in five member states, while imports, but not cultivation, is allowed for 51 GMOs, primarily for use as cattle fodder.

 

The debate about this proposal, she said, is still under way.

 

Authors: S.V and M.P.

Photo: Sxc.hu

 

 
 
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