Directives European Commission is currently examining applications to its tender on the Study for possible reform
The procedure for the study requested by Member States to the European Commission by 31st December 2020 on the options to reform the seeds marketing rules has been quite delayed due to the workload of the European Commission (DG SANTE, Plant Health Unit), and also the current exceptional working circumstances. The Unit is now examining the applications to its tender for the preparation of the background report that will feed the official study. The data gathering and stakeholder consultation will thus likely only kick off in June or even more probably July 2020.
As mentioned in the last newsletters, interested stakeholders are invited to signal their interest to be included in the consultation to the relevant European Commission services. However, to be proactive given the limited timeframe, organisations should also prepare informative background documents that highlight the problems encountered vis-à-vis currently applicable seed marketing rules, supported by facts and figures (especially with regards to the registration of conservation and “amateur” varieties, but also with gardens to the sale of seeds to final nonprofessional users)