A meeting of EU ambassadors on Friday called on the European Commission to submit a study on options to update existing legislation surrounding plant reproductive material by the end of 2020.
The call also asks that a legislative proposal be brought forward if it is deemed appropriate. The study should look at the current legislation on production and marketing of plant reproductive material and take into account the July 2018 ruling from the European Court of Justice which determined that the organisms developed using mutagenesis techniques are GMOs.
This ruling was criticised by both the European agriculture sector and scientists who claim it effectively prevents the development of certain breeding techniques. They added that it will result in EU agriculture falling behind the rest of the world, where innovation in this area is more readily accepted.