2004, as reported by just-food.com: The decision
to open its borders to genetically modified seeds continues
to be a difficult one for the European Union as another
approval meeting ends in indecision. This time the group
had hoped to vote on Monsanto’s application for
MON 863 maize.
An official at the European Commission was quoted by
Reuters saying the vote was postponed, "because
several member states wanted more clarification. There
will be another meeting when they have more information."
There wasn't a formal vote and not enough for or against
the approval, the official also reported to Reuters.
This distinction is important because once a vote is
taken, a qualified majority is needed to either approve
or reject an application. If the voting is too close,
the application could pass to ministers, who would then
have three months to agree before passing the decision
back to the European Commission.
Monsanto’s application for MON 863 maize is for
use as animal feed, rather than for cultivation or human
food, reported Reuters.
The EU has already ended its unofficial ban on GM foods
with the approval of another type of GM maize.