EU court condemns Austrian GM crops ban

Austrian demand for derogation from EU-wide market approval is unjustified, the European court rules

The European court of justice has ruled against a ban in the Upper Austria region on genetically modified crops including those with EU-wide marketing approval. The case was brought by Austria after the European Commission rejected its request for a derogation from EU rules on deliberate release of GMOs (EED 02/09/03).

All pleas made by Austria were dismissed. The government failed to prove that the Upper Austria region had unique ecosystems that required risk assessments other than those specified in the deliberate release directive, the court ruled. Its decision increases pressure on the 164 European regions that have declared themselves GM-free (EED 11/01/01).

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