France Fined $13M For Shirking GMO Rules

By Erin Marie Daly (December 9, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- The European Union's highest court has slapped France with a €10 million ($12.9 million) fine for dragging its feet on updating its laws in line with an EU directive governing the deliberate release of genetically modified organisms into the environment.

The European Court of Justice said in a statement Tuesday that France must fork over the penalty in a lump sum payment for failing to comply with the court's ruling in 2004 that the country hadn't met its obligations concerning the EU's Deliberate Release directive, which regulates how genetically modified crops may be grown and processed.

Member states had until October...

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