Catalonia and the Basque Country, continue to seek more autonomy viaa vis the central government.
In March 2008, the Canary Islands were declared GM-free. Since fewer than 1,380 acres of corn are grown in the Canaries, this is considered mostly a symbolic gesture.
However, on February 5, 2009, an initiative was proposed in the Catalonian Regional Parliament to declare the region GM-free. The initiative has not yet come up for a vote, and its prospects are uncertain. Such an action would be cause for serious concern, since Catalonia is a center of GMO corn cultivation.
More recently, on April 21, 2009, the Basque Parliament passed stringent biotech coexistence legislation which could likely force farmers to halt planting of MON810 due to strict compliance issues. The Spanish Association of Biotechnology Industries (ANOVE) will challenge the Basque legislation.