26/ 11/ 2012

On behalf of Mr. Mykola Prysiazhniuk, Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, the National Academy of Agrarian Sciences of Ukraine ( hereinafter NAAS) by its Order No 249 as of 15 November 2012 has established the permanent biosafety Working Group regarding GMOs use in agricultural sector of Ukraine.

Background: The main performance tasks of the WG comprise the formation of national policy on biosafety while using genetically modified organisms in the agricultural sector of Ukraine, the development of legal acts on market surveillance and enforcement of biosafety measures on agricultural plants and animals, the creation, study and practical use of genetically modified organisms in open systems at enterprises, institutions and organisations of agricultural sector, regardless of their subordination and forms of ownership, as well as amendments to the relevant laws related to biosafety issues. Besides, the Working Group will be entitled to carry out expertise of GMO related draft regulations.

The Working Group included the representatives of research institutions, specialised governmental agencies, non-governmental organisations, production companies. Vasyl Petrychenko, acting President of the National Academy of the Agrarian Sciences, will be the Chairman of the Working Group.

During 2012, the European Business Association (hereinafter – the Association) has been constantly raising the issue of a working group via series of meetings with the Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine Mykola Prysiaznniuk and other representatives of the Ministry. In this context, among other various activities, the EBA Biotechnology Committee has prepared the draft concept of State Biotech Development Programme in Ukraine, organised a thorough research on potential socio-economic impact of the introduction of agricultural biotechnology in our country, and held a legal analysis of the current situation regarding the possibility of GM varieties registration in Ukraine, including a detailed list of regulations that need improvement.

Today a whole range of problematic issues still exists in the biotech area. They are related to state registration, conducting appropriate filed trials and tests of GM crops, protection of intellectual property rights etc. This hinders the progress of the state in the agricultural market,  holds back scientific research, delays investments into agriculture of Ukraine and deprives farmers and other agricultural producers of obtaining additional benefits from the use of new agricultural technologies. Complete and timely solution to these problems is in full alignment with the national interests of Ukraine.

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