The Commission is reviewing EU legislation on the marketing of seed and plant propagating material (SPPM) consisting of 12 basic acts.
Many date back to the 60s and 70s. Priorities have changed since as food safety, traceability, new technologies and environmental aspects have become more central. EU enlargement has also required more adequate legal instruments to regulate marketing of SPPM.
- Directive 66/401/EEC - marketing of fodder plant seed
- Directive 66/402/EEC - marketing of cereal seed
- Directive 2002/53/EC - common catalogue of agricultural plant species
- Directive 2002/54/EC - marketing of beet seed
- Directive 2002/55/EC - marketing of vegetable seed
- Directive 2002/56/EC - marketing of seed potatoes
- Directive 2002/57/EC - marketing of seed of oil and fibre plants
- Directive 2008/72/EC - marketing of material for the propagation of the vine
- Directive 1998/56/EC - marketing of propagating material of ornamental plants
- Directive 92/33/EEC - marketing of vegetable material, other than seed
- Directive 2008/90/EC - marketing of fruit propagating material and fruit plants for fruit production
- Directive 1999/105/EC - marketing of forest reproductive material
Stages of the review
The review included an impact assessment accompanying the Commission's legal proposal to the Council and the European Parliament.
Thehas been adopted by the Commission on 6 May 2013.
- Draft of the legal proposal
- Impact Assessment
- Frequently asked questions on regulation proposal
The Commission consulted the public on an 'option and analysis paper' in May 2011.
The Action Plan (2009) uses the evaluation and conference conclusions as a basis.
Conference " Ensuring seed availability in the 21st Century"
The 2009 event discussed the results of the evaluation and ways forward.
Economic importance - Current situation and future of internal and global
markets of seed and propagating material
International Seed Federation
Recent developments - New plant breeding techniques and uses of plants
Agricultural University, Belgium
International standards - Global certification for seed in international trade
Evaluation results of S&PM legislation & recommendations
Food Chain Evaluation Consortium
Canada taking new direction in seed marketing requirements?
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Different roles of S&PM legislation - citizens' expectations?
EP Committee on Agriculture & Rural Development
Farmer's expectations for S&PM
Breeders' challenges - breeding & seed production in 21st C
European Seed Association
Sector of ornamentals: Special Needs?
International Association of Horticultural Producers
Sector of Forestry: Special Needs?
European Forest Nursery Association
Ministry of Agriculture & Fish
Central Institute for Supervising & Testing in Agriculture
Swedish Board of Agriculture