Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski vetoes bill that would permit some genetically modified seeds into the country, citing violation of EU laws
August 24, 2011
– Citing the violation of European Union rules, Poland’s President Bronislaw Komorowski vetoed a bill Aug. 24 that would permit some genetically modified seeds into the country, Reuters reported the same day.
In Poland, any sales or cultivation of GMO crops is currently illegal and its legislation must fall in line with the more lenient laws of the EU, as the country recently lost a case against Brussels surround the issue.
The country could be facing another trial in the European Court of Justice and may have to pay millions of euros in lost aid funds if it does not implement EU regulations on GMO agricultural products. Nevertheless, Polish farmers currently import modified animal feed as it is not formally illegal.
The President said the legislation wasn’t any good after parliament altered the proposal significantly and approving a bill that undermines EU laws. IF the veto is approved by parliament the President said he would propose a seeds bill without a GMO component.
The primary source of this article is Reuters, London, England, on Aug. 24, 2011.