Member states receive warning letter from EU

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The European Commission has decided to send a Reasoned Opinion
(second warning letter) to France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany,
Italy, the United Kingdom,...

The European Commission has decided to send a Reasoned Opinion (second warning letter) to France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Greece, Spain and Austria for their failure to communicate implementing legislation for the Directive on laboratory use of Genetically Modified Micro-Organisms. Commenting on the decisions, Environment Commissioner Margot Wallström said: "I am disappointed that so many Member States have still not implemented this high profile Directive more than 6 months after the deadline ".​ Council Directive 98/81/EC on the contained use of genetically modified micro-organism substantially amends the parent Directive, (Council Directive 90/219/EEC), updates the old Directive and adapts it to the advances made in the understanding of the technology since its adoption in 1990. It aims to bring the legislation into line with current international practice and its core aim is to better link the administrative procedures and notification requirements to the real risk of the activities concerned. It also expands the guidance on the containment and control measures to be applied to protect human health and the environment and introduces more flexibility to allow for easier adaptation to technical progress in the future. National transposing legislation was required to have been adopted and communicated to the Commission by the 5 June 2000 at the latest.

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