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United Kingdom: UK Import Controls Update

The United Kingdom's Border Target Operating Model, its post-Brexit system of import controls on animals, animal products, plants, and plant products, is set to come into effect on exports from the EU on January 31, 2024, and from the rest of the...
The biotechnology regulatory system in Ukraine is still not fully developed, but the country is gradually adjusting its domestic policies to align with the European Union’s regulations. Currently no genetically engineered (GE) events are officially...
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United Kingdom: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

The Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Act received Royal Assent on March 23, 2023, confirming it as an act of Parliament. The Act is the first phase of amending the United Kingdom’s (UK) regulatory framework for genetically engineered (GE)...
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Turkiye: Cotton and Products Update

Turkiye’s cotton production in marketing year (MY) 2023/24 is forecast to decrease to 695,000 metric tons (MT; 3.19 million bales), since farmers chose to plant less cotton in response to decreasing cotton prices and rising input costs.
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Hungary: Avian Influenza Returns to Hungary

Although Hungary regained its avian influenza free status on July 28, 2023, the disease has returned. In November 2023, animal health authorities confirmed primary outbreaks of the H5N1 strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in four counties.
This report provides information on the purchase process of Sweden's alcohol monopoly Systembolaget, its different labeling and sustainability guidelines, as well as an analysis of the 2022 sales data per product group - wine, beer, liqueur, whiskey, cider, and mixed drinks.
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Bulgaria: Grain and Feed Market Update

FAS/Sofia’s marketing year (MY) 2023/24 corn production estimate is lowered to 2.5 million metric tons (MMT) based on the harvest progress to date. The corn crop suffered from severe and prolonged summer drought and high heat which reduced yields considerably.
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Hungary: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

Hungary is one of the strongest opponents of transgenic engineering. Maintaining the country’s GE-free status remains a government priority.
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Spain: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

This report describes the agricultural biotechnology sector in Spain, covering production and trade, policy, and marketing aspects.
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Czech Republic: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

There are no significant changes to the agricultural biotechnology situation in the Czech Republic in 2023. The country generally maintains a scientific approach towards biotechnology and became a vocal advocate for their adoption in the EU during its EU Council presidency.
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Bulgaria: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

The Government of Bulgaria (GOB) continues to oppose agricultural biotechnology. Non-governmental anti-biotech organizations, local activists, and Bulgaria’s organics industry actively spread nonscientific disinformation about biotechnology.
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.