EU Commission High-Level conference on modern biotechnologies

Dr. Teresa Babuscio, IGTC Vice President and Secretary General of COCERAL, spoke on the panel alongside MEPs, EU Commission officials, NGOs and other industry representatives at the day-long event on Thursday, September 28. The meeting was organised by the EU Commission following the publication of an explanatory note on “New techniques in Agricultural Biotechnology” by its Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) in February 2017 (here).

In her speech, Dr. Babuscio outlined the important role of the international trade in providing knowledge and expertise to support sound, science-based decision making. Importantly, Dr. Babuscio also reminded the audience that the EU is operating in a global market and that policies are needed to avoid trade disruptions as traders work to efficiently move product to where it needs to be, in accordance with consumer demands. The full COCERAL statement can be read here. More about the conference here.