MEPs reject EU seed proposals
The European Parliament has rejected European Commission proposals to revise EU seed legislation. The full parliamentary vote followed that of its Agriculture and Environment Committees, which said that the form of legal acts chosen would give the Commission too much power and prevent member states from adapting the rules to local needs (Agrow No 682, p 11). The Commission refused the Parliament’s request to withdraw the draft text and table a new one, so the original proposals have been passed to EU Ministers. If they agree with MEPs’ views, the proposals will be stopped. If they decide to amend the text, negotiations will continue. The Commission is seeking to merge 12 EU seed Directives into one regulation, as part of a wider package aiming to revise legislation covering plant and animal health.