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Greenpeace wins case against Ag Ministry

THE AGRICULTURE Ministry will have to reveal which fields in Slovakia are growing genetically modified corn.

The Regional Court in Bratislava has upheld a complaint filed by Greenpeace last year, the SITA newswire wrote.

The environmental organisation challenged the decision of the Agriculture Ministry from 2006 not to provide information about the locations, acreage and owners of land where the genetically modified corn called MON 810 is being grown. The court returned the issue to the ministry, which will have to reveal the information.

"The ministry did not comply with our request, claiming that this was a business secret," Lucia Szabová, Greenpeace's genetic campaign coordinator, told SITA.

Greenpeace felt that decision was at odds with Slovak law and European law, she said.

The court concluded that the ministry did not assess the matter correctly, failed to find out the facts of the case, and did not support its conclusions with proper arguments.

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