argylesock says… The European Parliament says no to a ‘proposed new seedlaw’ as the European Seed Association (‘the voice of the European seed industry’) calls it. Here’s some opinion about European seed law.
When I understand this, I’ll tell you.
Today (11th of March) the European Parliament voted for the rejection of the Commission proposal for a Regulation the production and marketing of Plant Reproductive Material.
The Commission published the draft of the legal proposal and the impact assessment in May 2013. It would replace 12 current Directives currently in force, which are mainly really old (some of them date back to 1966) and follow different principals.
In its proposal the Commission focused on making the plant reproductive material market of the EU28 more flexible, more easily accessible for small breaders, seed producers; they wished to help also the producers of traditional varieties; they wanted to facilitate the use of heterogeneous material and so on. This draft proposal does not cover the marketing for final users or hobbyists (of course the Commission would not regulate what we can plant oin our gardens or balcony) and marketing of GMOs (they are…
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