Campaigning on Plant Reproductive Materials

Following the campaigning carried out by Garden Organic and other similar organisations, over 1,000 comments and recommended amendments for the Plant Reproductive Materials (PRM) Regulation have been received.

A large number of MEPs, including some of the shadow rapporteurs and other key players on the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) and the Environment Directorate-General (DG ENVI) Committees, are demanding the PRM Regulations be rejected in their present form and returned to the Commission for redrafting after the Elections in Spring this year.

They will be voting about the recommended next steps this February, meanwhile the European Seed Association, a lobby group which represents the interests of the large corporations, is pushing for the Regulations to continue through the process and be voted on for implementation before the Spring European elections. Please click here to view a copy of one of the letters they are sending out to all MEPs.

We believe that the reference within the letter to broad support from the seed sector is a presumptuous statement that does not seem to reflect the comments we have received from the smaller seed companies and plant breeders.

What action is Garden Organic taking?

Garden Organic aims to be present at the COPA COGECA meeting later this month. We are working with our colleagues across the EU on a new letter to send to MEPs to encourage them to vote for the rejection of the proposed regulation. In addition, we are working together to develop a European website that should be ready in around two weeks’ time. The plan for this website is to feature the latest news from across the EU, the Seven Point Plan, the Vienna Declaration and a petition to add to the 250,000 signatures obtained from an earlier Pan European petition. Once the website is live we will post details here and on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

The latest update in the campaign is good news, but as you can see there is still plenty more that Garden Organic and our partner organisations need to do.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us so far, we hope you will continue to back our campaign as it progresses.

For background on this issue, how it could impact Garden Organic and similar organisations, and what you can do to help, please visit the campaign pages of our website.

Friday, 17 January 2014