|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 of Ministers.
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”.