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Seeds & Propagation - Vegetables

Council Directive 2002/55/EC of 13 June 2002 on the marketing of vegetable seed recognises that the production of healthy, high-quality vegetables depends to a large extent on the seed used for the cultivation of vegetable plants and sets up a scheme to enhance the quality of Community vegetable produce. It stipulates that vegetable seed of registered varieties may only be marketed if it has been officially examined and certified (or in some cases checked as a seed of a category not officially certified). In order to be so certified, seed must pass the stringent requirements laid down in the Directive. In addition to requirements for the quality of seed, the Directive also lays down provisions for ensuring the identity via rules on packaging, sampling, sealing and marking. If a variety is genetically modified, the Directive stipulates that any label or document which accompanies the seed lot shall clearly indicate that the variety has been genetically modified.

It should be noted that several countries have been exempted from applying the Directive in respect of certain vegetable species and that as Council Directive 70/458/EEC on the marketing of vegetable seed had been frequently and substantially amended, in the interest of clarity it was consolidated through Council Directive 2002/55/EC of 13 june 2002 on the marketing of vegetable seed.

In recognition of the fact that vegetable planting material, as well as seeds, may be used to propagate vegetables, Council Directive 92/33/EEC on the marketing of vegetable propagating material, other than seed set up a scheme to establish harmonised conditions at Community level to ensure that purchasers throughout the Community also receive vegetable propagating and planting material which is healthy and of good quality. The Directive stipulates that such material may only be marketed if it meets the conditions set out in technical schedules. These concern quality and purity of the crop, varietal characteristics, the propagation system applied, and in order to ensure that identity, provisions relating to labelling, sealing, packaging and documentation. Suppliers are responsible in the first instance for ensuring that material meets the requirements of the Directive and vegetable propagating and planting material may only be marketed by suppliers accredited by the responsible official body of the member State.

For vegetable seeds and propagating material to be marketed throughout the Community, vegetable varieties must be listed in the Common Catalogue. This is compiled on the basis of the National Catalogues of Member States, which are drawn up in accordance with uniform rules so that varieties are only accepted if they are distinct, stable and sufficiently uniform.

Both Council Directive 2002/55/EC on the marketing of vegetable seed and Council Directive 92/33/EEC on the marketing of vegetable propagating material other than seed allow the marketing within the Community of material produced in countries outside the Community provided that it affords the same assurances as material produced within the Community, complying with the standards laid down in the two Directives.

Where appropriate, the Commission is assisted by Member States in adopting measures related to Council Directive 92/33/EEC and Council Directive 2002/55/EC through the Standing Committee on Seeds and Propagating Material for Agriculture, Horticulture and Forestry.

Basic Directive

Vegetable Propagating Material

Vegetable Seed

Implementing measures

Vegetable Propagating Material

  • Commission Directive 93/61/EEC of 2 July 1993 setting out the schedules indicating the conditions to be met by vegetable propagating and planting material, other than seed pursuant to Council Directive 92/33/EEC
  • Commission Directive 93/62/EEC of 5 July 1993 setting out the implementing measures concerning the supervision and monitoring of suppliers and establishments pursuant to Council Directive 92/33/EEC
  • Commission Decision 2001/897/EC of 12 December 2001 setting out the arrangements for Community comparative trials and tests on seeds and propagating material of certain plants under Council Directives 66/400/EEC, 66/401/EEC, 66/402/EEC, 66/403/EEC, 68/193/EEC, 69/208/EEC, 70/458/EEC and 92/33/EEC
  • Commission Decision 2002/756/EC of 16 September 2002 setting out the arrangements for Community comparative trials and tests on seeds and propagating material of certain plants under Council Directives 66/401/EEC, 66/402/EEC, 68/193/EEC, 92/33/EEC, 2002/54/EC, 2002/55/EC, 2002/56/EC and 2002/57/EC

Vegetable Seed

  • Commission Directive 72/168/EEC of 14 April 1972 on determining the characteristics and minimum conditions for inspecting vegetable varieties
  • Commission Decision 81/675/EEC of 28 July 1981 establishing that particular sealing systems are 'non- reusable systems' within the meaning of Council Directives 66/400/EEC, 66/401/EEC, 66/402/EEC, 69/208/EEC and 70/458/EEC
  • Commission Directive 89/14/EEC of 15 December 1988 determining the groups of varieties of spinach beet and beetroot referred to crop isolation conditions of Annex I to Council Directive 70/458/EEC
  • Commission Regulation (EC) 930/2000 of 4 May 2000 establishing implementing rules as to the suitability of the denomination of varieties of agricultural plant species and vegetable species
  • Commission Decision 2001/897/EC of 12 December 2001 setting out the arrangements for Community comparative trials and tests on seeds and propagating material of certain plants under Council Directives 66/400/EEC, 66/401/EEC, 66/402/EEC, 66/403/EEC, 68/193/EEC, 69/208/EEC, 70/458/EEC and 92/33/EEC
  • Commission Decision 2002/756/EC of 16 September 2002 setting out the arrangements for Community comparative trials and tests on seeds and propagating material of certain plants under Council Directives 66/401/EEC, 66/402/EEC, 68/193/EEC, 92/33/EEC, 2002/54/EC, 2002/55/EC, 2002/56/EC and 2002/57/EC

 

 
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