Dear Madam, dear Sir,
Under the right of access to documents and to environmental information, as guaranteed by Regulation 1049/2001 and Regulation 1367/2006 and by Article 15 TFEU and Article 42 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights , I am requesting access to information and documents on the following subject-matters:
According to a study published in 2020 (M. Petek et al., Validating the Potential of Double-Stranded RNA Targeting Colorado Potato Beetle Mesh Gene in Laboratory and Field Trials, Frontiers, in Plants Science, 19 August 2020: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2020.01250), a field trial of ds-RNA pesticides was conducted in June and July 2019 on three locations near Ljubljana, in Slovenia. As part of this trial, DsRNA pesticides were sprayed on fields of potato plants infested by Colorado potato beetle (CPB) larvae, thus resulting in the release of GMOs into the environment.
Please confirm whether these trials have been notified and/or authorised under Directive 2001/18/EC of 12 March 2001 on the deliberate release into the environment of genetically modified organisms. If not, please indicate which legislation is relevant and/or applicable for such field trials.
Please provide all documents (within the meaning of Regulation 1049/2001) and/or all environmental information (within the meaning of Regulation 1367/2006), in relation to these trials and their notification/authorisation process.
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