The Initiative for ratification of the GMO amendment has been submitted

12.8.2016 - Banja Luka

Center for Environment has submitted 1st of August 2016 the Initiative for ratification of the GMO amendment to Aarhus convention [1] to the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The GMO amendment represents the addition to Aarhus convention and it reffers to public participation in decision-making about deliberate release in the environment and placing in the market of GMOs. So far, the GMO amendment was ratified by 30 parties of the Aarhus convention.

„Ratification of the GMO amendment would show the willingness of Bosnia and Herzegovina to harmonize domestic legislation in this area with international and EU legislation, but also would facilitate access to information and public participation, and increase public awareness about GMO issues“, said the coordinator of the Aarhus centre Banja Luka Viktor Bjelić.

Because of the importance of this initiative, it was supported by 23 environmental civil society organizations from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Federal Ministry of Environment and Tourism and The GMO Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

„The final goal of this initiative is to ensure the rights of the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina to be informed and to participate in decisions on deliberate release and putting in the market of GMOs. This is the reason why we are ready to provide the support to institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina in order to speed up the process“, was pointed up from the Centre for Environment.

The brochure about the facts on GMOs, situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the GMO amendment can be read here.

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.

[1] The Aarhus convention – The convention on the access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice related to environment, was ratified 2008. by Bosnia and Herzegovina, after the succesfull campaign of the Center for Environment and other CSOs.

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