Today's vote by EU environment ministers in favour of a new law that would theoretically allow individual countries to ban genetically modified (GM) crops is a poisoned chalice which could open Europe's fields to more biotech crops, says Friends of the Earth Europe.
A new GM law being discussed in Brussels this week could grant biotech companies, like Monsanto and Syngenta, unprecedented power over decisions on whether to ban genetically modified (GM) crops in Europe, according to Friends of the Earth Europe.
Global acceptance of genetically modified (GM) crops is in decline, with the number of countries cultivating falling for the first time, according to a new report from Friends of the Earth International released today. Poland and Egypt are the latest countries to suspend or phase-out GM crop production.
New proposals to grant national governments more say over cultivating genetically modified (GM) crops on their territory where discussed today in the European Council. The proposals, if agreed, represent an empty offer, according to Friends of the Earth Europe, providing little legal basis for countries who oppose GM crops, and extreme bias to companies who profit from GM technology.
The European Commission must bend to overwhelming public and political opposition and ban a new controversial genetically modified (GM) maize, according to Friends of the Earth Europe. The maize, owned by Pioneer Hi-Bred International, is damaging to butterflies and has unknown impacts on bees and other pollinators.
A ruling from the European Court of Justice today has annulled the decision to authorise the genetically modified potato Amflora from the company BASF because the European Commission "significantly failed to fulfil its procedural obligations". 
The second round of negotiations between the EU and the US on a transatlantic trade deal closed in Brussels today with the detailed content of the talks still being kept out of the public domain.
EU chiefs have the opportunity tomorrow (November 6) to keep Europe's fields free from a new highly toxic genetically modified (GM) crop. The European Commission will decide tomorrow whether to recommend the GM maize be authorised for cultivation or not. The decision will then be passed to national governments. Friends of the Earth Europe is calling for the crop to be banned for the good of European citizens and the environment.
Today a coalition of environmental, farming and consumer organisations called on the European Commission to reject plans to authorise a new genetically-modified (GM) maize for cultivation in Europe.
European Commissioners will meet next Wednesday (6th November) to decide whether the GM maize 1507, owned by the multinational biotech company Pioneer, can be grown on European soil. In a letter to the Commissioners today, the coalition urged them to reject the application citing the social and environmental risks associated with GM crops.
The delay to trade talks between the EU and US, which were due to start in Brussels today, must be used to address the risks a deal represents to people and the environment, says Friends of the Earth Europe.
The negotiations were put on hold on Friday evening when it was announced that the US delegation would not be travelling to Europe due to the current shutdown of parts of the US administration.