EU Seed Regulation withdrawn by European Union

EU Seed Regulation withdrawn by European Union

Garden Organic has learned that the proposed EU Seed Regulation has been withdrawn by the European Union.

Steve Thomson, Operations Director at Garden Organic says: “On Friday we learned that the current EU Seed Regulation legislation has been withdrawn, this was confirmed on Saturday when the official notification was posted on the EU official journal. We'd like to everyone who has supported us with this campaign. There has been no notification as to what will happen next, but we will keep you updated as to future developments, as and when they happen."."

The EU Seed Regulation was last discussed by the European Commission in January when two options were outlined, the first being that the Commissioners accept an amended re-presented version of the rejected regulation in the work plan. An amended regulation would have adversely affected Europe’s biodiversity and seen gardeners and farmers threatened with being prevented from exchanging seeds and, as a consequence, no longer be able to grow heritage varieties. It would also see our own Heritage Seed Library come under direct threat.

Garden Organic's preferred option involved the EU conducting an impact assessment, direct consultation with stakeholders, leading to a complete rewrite of the EU Seed Regulation.

We will keep you updated as to future development as they happen. You can read more about the history of our campaign here.

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Monday, 9 March 2015