In connection with the "lobby Minister Mary Coughlan" request below,
anyone not already aware may wish to know that under Article 6 (PUBLIC
PARTICIPATION IN DECISIONS ON SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES)
of the Aarhus
, point number "11"
follows: "Each Party shall, within the framework of its
national law, apply, to the extent feasible and appropriate, provisions of this
article to decisions on whether to permit the deliberate release of genetically
modified organisms into the environment."
As can be seen at
the following United Nations address, the vast majority of countries in Europe
have already ratified the Aarhus Convention Agreement:http://www.unece.org/env/pp/ctreaty.htm
also be seen at the above address, the "European Community
ratified the Aarhus Convention Agreement on February 17th
The Republic of Ireland's present position on the Aarhus
Convention Agreement seems to be as follows: "I will have to check ...
(Prime Minister Ahern TD in Dail Eireann on February 2nd 2005). For additional
information on this comment please see:http://www.indymedia.ie/article/74361?comment_limit=0&condense_comments=false#comment147142
full text of the United Nations Aarhus Convention Agreement can be seen
From: "Brendan Kelly"
Date: Fri, 19 May 2006 17:09:27
Subject: [nature-irl] Fw: URGENT: Mary Coughlan's vote on GMOs on
Hi Guys this is an important lobbying process re GMOs. A
quick email is all that's required!!!
----- Original Message -----
From: GM-free Ireland Network
To: A GMFI-MEMB-ORGS
May 19, 2006 1:35 AM
Subject: URGENT: Mary Coughlan's vote on GMOs on
Please take a minute right now to
lobby Mary Coughlan, Minister for Agriculture and Food, to vote this Monday
AGAINST an EC proposal to allow irreversible contamination of Europe’s food and
environment from GM crops.
I have just learned from documents
leaked to Friends of the Earth Europe that the EU Agriculture Ministers will
meet this Monday 22 May in Brussels to adopt measures that
a.. dismiss the concerns raised by farmers, consumers,
and environmental groups at a recent stakeholder conference on GMOs organized by
the European Commission in Vienna;
a.. refuse to establish EU-wide
legislation to prevent GMO contamination of conventional and organic crops and
a.. ignore the calls by 175 European regions, 3,500 local
authorities and 1,000 smaller areas in 22 EU member states for the EC to
recognise the democratic right to prohibit GM seeds and crops if they chose to
a.. not demand that liability for contamination be made
mandatory on the GM industry. Instead they will look at existing national
legislation, which is already proven insufficient.
A flood of
emails and phone calls to Mary today Friday might just convince her not to
support this dreadful attempt by the EC to contaminate our food and farming. A
protest outside the Agriculture Council meeting in Brussels will urge her and
the other Ministers to put food safety and the environment before the interests
of the transnational agri-biotech corporations.
tel: (01) 607 2884
LoCall 1890 200 510
(01) 661 1013
Many thanks in