At a recent conference in Rennes, northern France, Vienna joined the growing alliance of regions in Europe that are against genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The alliance, which was launched in February by the regions of Tuscany (Italy) and Upper Austria, now has 35 members from six European Union countries: Austria, France, Greece, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom. With Austria taking over the presidency of the EU on 1 January 2006, the alliance has hopes of putting GMOs on the European agenda. An international conference on GMOs is to be held in Vienna in April 2006.
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