Urgent action still needed on plant reproductive material laws despite committee rejection, says RHS

The RHS is urging people to write to their MEPs to express their opposition to draft European legislation on plant reproductive material despite a recent vote by the EU Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI) which unanimously rejected the draft legislation that has the potential to seriously impact Europe’s horticulture sector.

The proposed regulation, which in its current form has been strongly opposed by many horticultural organisations, was rejected by a vote of 49-0. It was also rejected by the EU Agriculture Committee (AGRI) on 11 February by 37 votes to 2.

The AGRI committee has asked the EU Commission to withdraw the legislation and for it to work on a new draft that would address the concerns raised by the Committees.

The RHS said it understands that even though both committees have overwhelmingly rejected the regulation, the EU Commission may present the proposal to the full EU Parliament in April.

If passed, the legislation would impose more stringent requirements on all plants propagated in the EU, including ornamentals, and bring them more into line with those for food crops.

The RHS has provided a template letter and information on how to identify and contact MEPs.

See http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/health_consumer/pressroom/docs/proposal_aphp_en.pdf

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