Directive 2001/18/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 March 2001 on the deliberate release into the environment of genetically modified organisms and repealing Council Directive 90/220/EEC.
Regulation 1829/2003/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 September 2003 on genetically modified food and feed.

Regulation 882/2004/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 on official controls performed to ensure the verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules*
*In process: New Draft Regulation, for a more consistent approach to official controls along the entire agri-food chain.

COEXISTENCE Commission Recommendation of 13 July 2010 on guidelines for the development of national co-existence measures to avoid the unintended presence of GMOs in conventional and organic crops.
PLANT GENETIC MODIFICATIONS APPROVED FOR CULTIVATION Commission Decision 98/294/EC: of 22 April 1998 concerning the placing on the market of genetically modified maize (Zea mays L. line MON 810), pursuant to Council Directive 90/220/EEC. Cultivation as “existing product”. 2007: application for renewal of authorisation in accordance with Regulation 1829/2003/EC.
Commission Decision 2010/135/EU of 2 March 2010 concerning the placing on the market, in accordance with Directive 2001/18/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, of a potato product ( Solanum tuberosum L. line EH92-527-1) genetically modified for enhanced content of the amylopectin component of starch.

2912th Environment Council meeting, Brussels, 4 December 2008:
Council Conclusions regarding:

  • Strengthening of environmental assessment and of monitoring arrangements
  • Appraisal of socio-economic benefits and risks
  • Better use of expertise
  • European labelling thresholds for seeds
  • Sensitive and/or protected areas
NATIONAL LEGISLATION- harmonisation Ministerial Decision 341561/2645/25-02-2000, National Gazette 443/B/03-04-2000: General technical regulation for subscription of varieties of agricultural plant species. Derived from Directive 70/457/EEC of the Council of 29 September 1970 as modified.
Common Ministerial Decision 38639/2017/21-9-2005, National Gazette 1334/21-9-2005. Establishment of measures and conditions on the deliberate release into the environment of genetically modified organisms in accordance with the provisions of Directive 2001/18/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 March 2001 and repealing Council Directive 90/220/EEC.
NATIONAL LEGISLATION-official controls Common Ministerial Decision 332657/16-2-2001, National Gazette 176/21-2-2001: Technical regulation for the certification and control during trade, of seeds for sawing of varieties of agricultural plant species, for adventitious presence of admixtures with genetically modified seeds.
NATIONAL LEGISLATION- restrictions Ministerial Decision 9769/121592/08-10-2013 National Gazette Β/2566/11-10-2013 «Trade prohibition in the Hellenic territory, of seeds for sowing of maize hybrids baring the genetic modification MON810».
Ministerial Decision 317/51441/2-5-2012 National Gazette Β/1567/08-05-2012 «Prohibition of use and trade of the genetic modification EH92-527-1 of potato to the environment as propagating material for cultivation» (Amflora).
NATIONAL LEGISLATION-scientific commission Ministerial Decision 4Α15Β-Β5/17-3-2011: Definition of members for the scientific commission as defined in article 16 par.2 of the Common Ministerial Decision 38639/2017/21-9-2005.

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1540 Farmers Call Center 

The telephone number "1540" s an automatic telephone service system that is interfacing with the information systems of the Ministry and provides automated answering services.

The currently available "1540" services are:

  • Reply of the Ministry Representative.
  • The update on the single payment payments OPEKEPE (requires identification of the Beneficiary with VAT and the last 4 digits of the Farmer's Identity)
  • Complaints relating to the origin of meat.
  • Information on Greek Food
  • Information about available digital services of the Hellenic Ministry of Rrural Development anf Foods

Contact Us


Hellenic Ministry of Rural Development and Food |

Address: 2 Acharnon,Athens, 101 76, Greece, |

Call Center: +30 (210) 212-4000 |  

Farmers Call Center: 1540 | email:  |


The address of Dir of e-Government and Informatics is: Acharnon 381 & Destouni 2,

Postcode.: 111 43, Athens.




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Υπουργείο Αγροτικής Ανάπτυξης και Τροφίμων |

Διεύθυνση: Αχαρνών 2, Αθήνα, 101 76, Ελλάδα |

Τηλεφωνικό Κέντρο: +30 (210) 212-4000 |  

Κέντρο εξυπηρέτησης Αγροτών: 1540 και το email |


Η ταχυδρομική διεύθυνση της Διεύθυνσης Ηλεκτρονικής Διακυβέρνησης είναι: Αχαρνών 381 & Δεστούνη 2,

Τ.Κ.: 111 43, Αθήνα.




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