On January 10, 2022, the King of the Netherlands swore in the new Dutch Cabinet of twenty Ministers and nine State Secretaries. The new Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality is Henk Staghouwer. He is member of the Christian Union (CU), a protestant party, with a left wing orientation on environmental issues.
On January 7, 2022, the Turkish Government published Biosafety Decisions on the import of genetically engineered (GE) soybean and corn events. The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MinAF) approved one new soybean event and one new corn event for feed and cancelled the approvals of two corn events which expired on 12/24/2021.
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United Kingdom: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

From January 1, 2021, the UK has been responsible for authorizing products of genetic engineering (GE) using retained EU law. Nine GE crops are currently out for public consultation as part of the new UK approval process, with a similar number still pending.
The European Union’s (EU) complex and lengthy policy framework for biotechnology creates a challenging environment for research and limits access to innovative tools for EU farmers.
On December 15, 2021, the European Commission published a Communication on Sustainable Carbon Cycles, which outlines action items for the EU to accelerate carbon removal from the atmosphere.
On December 15, 2021, four Dutch political parties reached an accord, nine months after elections were held in the Netherlands. Some of the highest priority issues for the incoming government are combating climate change and tackling nitrogen emissions.
Public support for agricultural biotechnology in Belgium is roughly divided between the Wallonia and Flemish regions with the latter more receptive.
In an effort to address global warming, the European Union (EU) and its Member States have established targets for reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Sweden, Finland, and Denmark have already cut their emissions by 25 to 45 percent since 1990.
On November 17, 2021, the European Commission published a proposal for legislation aimed at preventing products causing deforestation or forest degradation from entering the EU market.
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Hungary: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

Hungary is one of the strongest opponents of agricultural biotechnology in the European Union. Maintaining the country’s GE-free status is still a government priority.
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Czech Republic: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

There are no significant changes to the agricultural biotechnology situation in the Czech Republic in 2021. The country generally maintains a scientific approach towards biotechnology.
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Germany: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

Public rejection of genetically engineered (GE) plants in Germany is widespread. There is no commercial GE crop production and practically no foods labeled as containing “genetically modified organisms” (“GMO”) on the market.