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Health - Regulatory Committees - Standing Committee on Agricultural, Horticultural and Forestry Seeds and Plants

Short report of the meeting of the Standing Committee on Seeds and Propagating Material for Agriculture; Horticulture and Forestry held on 21 January 1998

Chairman: D. Obst

All Member States present, except Luxembourg. For the purpose of the votes Luxembourg mandated Belgium.

1. Decision authorising Member States to permit temporarily the marketing of vine propagating material not satisfying the requirements of Council Directive 68/193/EEC

This Decision authorises for a limited period the marketing of material (1.500.000 pieces) from Hungary and Romania meeting less stringent requirements, in order to overcome difficulties in supply experienced by Austria. This authorisation would be effective only in conjunction with another authorisation required under the Community plant health regime (Directive 77/93/EEC).

Voting: favourable opinion: 67 for and 20 against.

2. OTHER BUSINESS

The Committee noted 4 requests in respect of less stringent requirements from

  1. France: 5 January 1998 for seed of Vetch
  2. Germany: 16 January 1998 for seed of Durum wheat
  3. Denmark: 20 January 1998 for seed of Field pea
  4. Sweden: 20 January 1998 for seed of Field pea.

The Committee also noted copies of correspondence between the Commission (letter of 26.11.1997) and The Netherlands' reply (letter of 8.1.1998) concerning the Genetically modified variety of potato named APRIORI.

J. HEINE,
Deputy Director General

N.B. The measures on which the Committee has given an opinion are subject to the appropriate procedure for formal adoption by the Commission.

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