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European Community to participate in negotiations on biosafety protocol

On 13 September 1995, the Commission adopted a proposal for negotiating directives providing for the participation of the European Community in the forthcoming negotiations on a protocol on biosafety, which will take place during the second Conference of the Parties under the ...
On 13 September 1995, the Commission adopted a proposal for negotiating directives providing for the participation of the European Community in the forthcoming negotiations on a protocol on biosafety, which will take place during the second Conference of the Parties under the Convention on Biological Diversity, to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia, on 5-17 November 1995. This proposal will shortly be presented to the Council and, once adopted, will allow for the Commission to take part in these negotiations on behalf of the European Community.

On 9 December 1994, in Nassau, Bahamas, the first Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity adopted Decision 1/9 on a medium-term programme of work of the Conference of the Parties. This decision obliges the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity to consider the need for, and modalities of, a protocol on biosafety.

Such a protocol would set out appropriate procedures with regard to the safe transfer, handling and use of any living modified organisms, resulting from biotechnology, that may have adverse effects on the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity.

Mrs. Bjerregaard, Commissioner for the environment, expressed her satisfaction with the proposed negotiating directives and noted that they "are comprehensive enough for the Community to be able to adequately address all questions related to biosafety in the forthcoming negotiations". She further affirmed that the goal of the Community must be for all countries to achieve the same high level of biosafety as that existing within the Community.

It should be noted, in this context, that the European Community is a full Party to the Convention and has already adopted a considerate body of legislation on biosafety, including:

- Council Directive 90/219/EEC on the contained use of genetically modified micro-organisms;
- Council Directive 90/220/EEC on the deliberate release into the environment of genetically modified organisms;
- Council regulation 2309/93/EEC laying down Community procedures for the authorization and supervision of medicinal products for human and veterinary use and establishing a European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products;
- Council Directive 90/679/EEC on the protection of workers from the risks related to the exposure to biological agents at work, as amended by Council Directive 93/88/EEC;
- Council Directive 91/414/EEC concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market;
- Council Directive 93/114/EEC amending Directive 70/524/EEC concerning additives in feeding stuffs;
- Council Directive 87/153/EEC fixing guidelines for the assessment of additives in animal production as amended by Commission Directive 94/40/EC;
- Council Directive 94/55/EC on the approximation of the laws of Member States with regard to the transport of dangerous goods by road.
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