Greens call EC’s GMO approval procedure 'undemocratic'

August 4, 2004, as reported by 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”.