On Thursday 22 June, Luxembourg's parliament voted unanimously against the cultivation of GMOs. Three ministers wrote a letter to the European commission.
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Lux government and parliament against GMOs
Luxembourg’s parliament has voted unanimously in favour of a resolution which calls for the ban of cultivating genetically modified maize in Luxembourg.
Introduced by Green MP Henri Kox, the resolution was adopted unanimously on Thursday 22 June. After the vote, three ministers have reiterated their opposition to the authorisation of GMOs in Luxembourg.
Lydia Mutsch, minister for health, Carole Dieschbourg, minister for the environment, and Fernand Etgen, agriculture minister, have written a letter to the European commission in which they reject the demand to allow the cultivation of “1507” maize, by DuPont/Pioneer and the “1811” maize by Syngenta, along with the renewal of the authorisation for the “MON810” maize by Monsanto. In that letter, they asked the Commission to respect the opinion of the great majority of the EU member states not to allow the cultivation of GMO crops in the EU.
“This initiative of the chamber of deputies reflects the population’s opposition towards GMO cultivation on the territory of the grand duchy. It sends a strong signal towards the European Commission!”, the letter states.
The government said in a press release that it will use all legal means available to maintain the ban of GMO crops in Luxembourg and to control them more effectively.