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Austria allowed to keep its GM corn ban

Environment ministers threw out a European Commission proposal to force Austria to cancel the bans it imposed on two authorized GM maize varieties in 1999 and 2000. However, Austria retained its right to ban the growing of bio-engineered corn.

They had rejected the move in 2004 but Brussels hoped that a World Trade Organisation ruling this year that the ban was illegal would tip the argument in its favour and retabled the proposal.
However, in a sign of how sensitive the issue remains for European consumers, only the UK, Netherlands, Czech Republic and Sweden among the EU's 25 member states backed it. "The Commission will now have to carefully consider the legal and scientific bases that would support any further proposals," a spokeswoman said. It may now have to legislate.

Another case against Hungary will almost certainly be rejected by ministers next month. Greece also bans genetically modified crops.

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