EU, Canada end GMO dispute
July 20, 2009
According to the Associated Press, the European Union and Canada have signed an agreement ending a dispute over genetically modified and crops that Canada had taken to the World Trade Organization. The two "signed, in Geneva, a final settlement of the WTO dispute, which Canada had brought against the EU in May 2003, regarding the application of its legislation on biotech products," the European Commission said in a statement. "The mutually agreed solution provides for the establishment of a regular dialogue on issues of mutual interest on agriculture biotechnology," it said, adding that the two would notify the WTO of the deal. Following a complaint by Argentina, Canada and the United States, a WTO panel ruled that a EU moratorium on the authorization of nine GM products between 1999 and 2004 broke world trade rules. The subsequent tussle over implementation of the ruling dragged on for more than a year.