Belgium: Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies Annual

  |   Attaché Report (GAIN)   |   BE2023-0029
This report assesses the agricultural biotechnology sector in Belgium for plants, animals, and microorganisms. Belgium's stance on agricultural biotechnology differs between the regions of Wallonia and Flanders, with the latter being more receptive. The Flemish region houses the country's agricultural biotech hub, where a significant portion of biotechnology research and experimental field trials are conducted. Although Belgium does not commercially produce genetically engineered (GE) crops, its animal sector relies on imported GE commodities for animal feed. Belgium does not have an official position on the European Commission's proposal to regulate new genomic techniques. From January to June 2024, Belgium will hold the Presidency of the Council to the European Union.

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