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26.05.2006 |

Austrian region of Styria adopts landmark GMO law

For the first time an EU member states region has adopted precautionary legal provisions on co-existence, which require the prevention of any GM contamination in neighboring fields at a level of 0,1%. This flies in the face of the EU Commissions position that co-existence measures should be no stricter than ensuring prevention of 0,9% contamination. The co-existence provisions, which under Austrian law are being set at the regional level, also require mandatory regional approval of GM planting and provide for special measures against impairment of protected areas.</p><p><a href="http://www.gmo-free-regions.org/fileadmin/files/styria_gmo_law_2006_en.pdf">Styrian GMO law (English translation)</a></p><p><a href="http://www.gmo-free-regions.org/fileadmin/files/austria_steiermark_gesetz_2006.pdf">Steiermärkisches Gentechnik-Vorsorgegesetz, 2006 (German original)</a>

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