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European Coexistence Bureau (ECoB). Best Practice Documents for coexistence of genetically modified crops with conventional and organic farming – 1. Maize crop production

  • Authors: Marta Czarnak-Kłos, Emilio Rodríguez-Cerezo
  • EUR Number: 24509 EN
  • Publication date: 9/2010


The European Coexistence Bureau (ECoB) was created in 2008 by DG AGRI and the JRC to implement the Agriculture Council conclusions of 22 May 2006 in which the Council invited the Commission to engage in works related to coexistence in close cooperation with Member States and stakeholders. Among others the Council invited the Commission to identify the best practices for technical segregation measures and to develop crop-specific guidelines for coexistence regulations while leaving Member States necessary flexibility to adapt the recommendations to their specific climatic and agricultural conditions.
ECoB, located in the premises of JRC Institute of Prospective Technological Studies, consists of a Secretariat (formed by permanent JRC staff and seconded national experts) and crop-specific technical working groups consisting of technical experts nominated by interested Member States. Currently one technical working group is active, dealing with maize crop production.
The management practices for maize crop production proposed in this Best Practice Document (BPD) are the result of a consensus building process which started in October 2008. The ECoB Secretariat was responsible for collection of inputs from technical experts and exchange of information between them, analysis of the collected data and preparation of drafts of the Best Practice Document for consultation. This Best Practice Document was adopted by consensus within the EcoB in May 2010.

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