THE Commission this week launched a fresh attempt to tighten rules on the safety of meat, by calling for the removal of risky tissues from food and proposing a formal ban on exports of British gelatine. The plans to ban the brains, eyes and spinal cord of cattle, sheep and goats over 12 months of age from human and animal food will be scrutinised by vets for thefirst time tomorrow (20June). Similar plans were thrown out by farm ministers last year. COMPULSORY labelling arrangements for all new genetically-modified farm products released into the environment were approved by member states this week. The new rules drawn up by Environment Commissioner Ritt Bjerregaard require labels specifying that the GMO product “may contain or may consist of genetically-modified organisms”.THE design of European buses and coaches is tobe harmonised under a proposed directive which would give the disabled access to urban buses. The Commission will carry out further studies into making interurban buses accessible to the handicapped before deciding whether to modify its directive by the end ofthe year.TRADE Commissioner Sir Leon Brittan’s diplomatic mission to Russia this week was marred by arguments. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov refused to see Brittan and attacked the EU’s “discriminatory” trade regime. The dispute overshadowed Brittan’s efforts to convince Russia of the benefits of World Trade Organisation membership.