18 November 2009


Andrew Jarvis


This paper considers the recent proposals for reform of the European Union's system for authorising the cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), specifically:

  • That the authorisation process should include a more explicit consideration of socio-economic factors;
  • That Member States should be granted the right of self-determination in respect of cultivation (within a common EU risk assessment framework).

It draws on a seminar held at Chatham House in October 2009. Details >>