On September 27, European Union agricultural ministers representing Germany, France, Italy and Spain reportedly expressed strong opposition to a proposal that would decentralize Genetically Engineered (GE) crop approval decisions from the EU level to the national level. Because of weighted voting at the EU Commission, this stance taken by larger countries threatens the chances of the expected compromise agreement on the regulation of Genetically Engineered crops in the region.

To assist readers in understanding this debate, the July 13 Proposal to Amend European Parliament and Council Directive 2001/18/EC is attached below as well as a background document on the July 13 proposal.