EU Commission renews bid to unblock GMO crop approvals
* EU proposal to approve cultivation of third ever GMO crop
* Governments have three months to reach a position
By Charlie Dunmore
BRUSSELS, Nov 6 (Reuters) - The European Commission proposed
on Wednesday that governments approve only the third ever
genetically modified crop for cultivation in Europe, but took
steps to avert an expected backlash from France and other GMO
The proposal covers an insect-resistant maize developed
jointly by DuPont and Dow Chemical which, if
approved, would end Monsanto's current monopoly in
Europe's tiny market for GMO crops.
The Commission said it was "duty bound" to make the proposal
after Europe's second-highest court in September censured the EU
executive for lengthy delays in the approval process, first
launched back in 2001.
EU governments now have three months to vote on the issue.
The plan is likely to face strong opposition from France, as