At the round table participated the members of the GMO Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and other experts in this area, representatives from institutions and organizations that work on environmental and consumers rights topics. The participants discussed about the importance of the GMO amandment ratification for Bosnia and Herzegovina, and gave the support for this Initiative, though the Center will ask for official support in the following period.
„Consumers have the right to know what they are eating, to participate in decision making. Public availability of the data is predicted by the Law on GMO in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which enables ratification of the GMO amandment. The GMO Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina gave the support to Center for Environment for this round table, because the Center is our partner in raising awareness about GMO topic in Bosnia and Herzegovina“, said Vojislav Trkulja, president of the GMO Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Though, in Bosnia and Herzegovina there is GMO legislation, laws at different levels is not harmonized and the law enforcement is low, which is proven by ilegal GM crops in our fields. One of the reasons for this is the fact that the producers and consumers are not well-informed.
„The final goal of this campaign is to ensure that the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina are informed and participate in decision making about deliberate releasing of GMOs in the environment and placing such products on the market. In this phase, our goal is to deliver the Initiative for the GMO amendment ratification on Aarhus Convention to the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Council of the Ministers, which will enable us to start with significant steps toward development and implementation of the legislation on this topic“, pointed out the coordinator of Aarhus center Banjaluka, Viktor Bjelić.
The campaign for ratification of the GMO amendment on Aarhus convention by Bosnia and Herzegovina is supported by the GEKKO foundation from Germany and the Transition programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Czech Republic.