John Dalli, Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, has visited the European Parliament on Tuesday 13 July, Corinne Lepage has demanded a deep reform of expertise on GMOs.
As it stands, the Commission's proposal is unacceptable, says Corinne Lepage, as it does not give Member States any solid legal basis to prohibit some GMOs. The Commission's policy aiming at imposing GMO cultivation to Europe has failed, and Mr Barroso will not suppress the scientific controversy nor the accusations of conducting a laxist on GMOs by making promises to make small arrangements.
Reforming European expertise is the only way to move the GMO debate forward, and EFSA direction declared itself open to experimenting new processes. The selection of EFSA GMO panel members should reflect all scientific views, not only industry's approach to health and environment risk evaluation. Pluralism, pluridisciplminarity and contradictory debates are the keys to a unbiased expertise process, that identifies risks and uncertainties.
The EFSA GMO panel has been criticised by NGOs and biosafety experts for its bias in favor of GMOs and its use of selective quotations of scientific articles, aiming at putting aside elements showing a potential risks or scientific uncertainties.
John Dalli has presented on Tuesday to the Parliament Mr Barroso's proposal aiming at allowing Member States to ban on their territory the cultivation of GMOs authorised at the EU level.
Corinne Lepage, vice-president of the Environment committee, has committed to organise a debate between scientists from EFSA and scientists critical of the risk evaluation methodology used by the EFSA GMO panel.
Brussels wants to turn a blind eye to small contaminations from banned transgenic organisms, despite the uncertainties on health and the environment, according to Ouest France, 27 June 2008.
Portrait of Christian Vélot on 15 May 2008 in Le Monde entitled: "Christian Vélot Profession : lanceur d'alerte"
Opinion column published in Le Figaro on Saturday 18 August 2007
This is a response to Michel Barnier (who is, this is just a reminder, the Minister of Agriculture and not Ecology or Health) is pleading, in a recent article published in Le Figaro, for a pacified debate on GMOs and on the necessity of continuing research, otherwise the United-States and China might take a definite lead over Europe!
The deafening silence that surrounded the AFP wire that made public the Note of the French Government demanding industrial secrecy on the studies questioning the health impact of GMOs is absolutely outrageous, in more ways than one.
Chronicle by Corinne Lepage - 12.10.2005
The deafening silence that surrounded the AFP wire that made public the Note of the French Government demanding industrial secrecy on the studies questioning the health impact of GMOs is certainly a matter of concern. It is in fact a double scandal.
Firstly, the unscrupulous attitude of the French Government — in a Note sent to the European Commission — asking for a modification of article 25 of Directive 2001-18 on GMOs. This article excludes any industrial secrecy in the case when studies on health and the environment are concerned. The purpose of this was to forbid any scientific controversy on studies highlighting significant effects on rats.
Secondly, the media coverage of the Note: except for UFC Que Choisir, Novethic and Actu-Environnement, no conveyor of information published this piece of news which could have been considered doubly interesting from the point of view of the political behaviour of the Government and from the point of view of the potential effects of GMOs on health. If there are no effects, why then hide the studies at all costs and then open a contradictory debate on these studies?