Delay forecast for plant reproductive material legislation

Plant reproductive material legislation may not come in until 2015, campaigner Graham Spencer has suggested.

Many growers are against the controversial EU legislation 2013/0137(COD). They have pointed out that under initial drafts, article 50 "officially recognised descriptions" (HW, 13 September) requiring "common knowledge names" would have resulted in lengthy, contentious and costly descriptions.

Plants for Europe owner Spencer said the EU environment committee has voted unanimously (49-0) against draft legislation and he now expects the agriculture committee to follow suit when it votes next week.

With a new EU Parliament and Commission due this year, Spencer said decisions are likely to be delayed. However, he warned: "It's not gone away."

HTA horticulture manager Raoul Curtis-Machin added: "We've now got to wait for the Commission's response, which may be a while off yet with European elections due in May."

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