Proposal for a DECISION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL amending Council Decisions 2003/17/EC and 2005/834/EC as regards the equivalence of field inspections and the equivalence of checks on practices for the maintenance of varieties of agricultural plant species carried out in the United Kingdom
1. The Commission document sets out a Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council to amend Council Decisions 2003/17/EC and 2005/834/EC to recognise seed of the main agricultural plant species(fodder plant seed, cereal seed, beet seed, vegetable seed and oil and fibre plant seed) produced and varieties of those agricultural plant species maintained in the United Kingdom as equivalent to such material produced and maintained in the European Union.
2. The maintenance of varieties and the marketing of seeds, plants and plant propagating material is regulated in the EU by EU Directives under the EU marketing acquis. The UK has continued to apply the regulatory requirements of this acquis at the point of exit. The powers of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 have been used to make operability changes to domestic legislation which transposed those EU Directives but without changes in policy or to the detailed provisions for the assurance of marketed material.
3. In advance of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union on 31 January 2020 the UK submitted a request to the Commission for fodder plant seed, cereal seed, beet seed, vegetable seed, seed potatoes and oil and fibre plant seed produced and maintained in the UK to be recognised as equivalent to such material produced and for the varieties of that material maintained in the EU. Once granted equivalence, such material can be exported to the EU and Northern Ireland.