|August 4, 2004,
as reported by just-food.com: European Parliament’s
Green group has questioned the European Commission’s
authority to lift the ban on genetically modified products
with prior approval from Parliament or the EU Council
The Greens criticized the so-called ‘comotology’
procedure that officially ended the ban calling it undemocratic.
The procedure allowed the Commission to approve sales
of GM maize, when the EU Council of Ministers could
not reach a decision.
In a letter, the Greens said: “The fact that
the Commission can make such decisions (without) Council
agreement and the backing of the Parliament is incompatible
with the democratic ideals promoted by the EU.”
The Commission said involving MEPs and ministers would
unnecessarily delay such “technical decisions”.