Positive news on Plant Reproductive Materials

We have recently received the positive news that European MEPs have rejected the latest Plant Reproductive Materials proposals. We understand this to mean that new proposals are likely to be re-introduced once the new European Parliament is in place after the May European elections. Unsurprisingly, the European Seed Association (ESA) and commercial supporters of increased regulation are unhappy with this development, and will be lobbying hard for a reintroduction of similar proposals, probably later in the year.

This is an encouraging sign, showing that our direct intervention with European MEPs, officials and others, funded by generous donations from our supporters, has had an effect. And that the many voices of our members, supporters and partners have been heard above those of the large seed companies. We have had to invest time, money and other resources, particularly in travelling to Europe and lobbying personally, in partnership with other like-minded organisations, and this would not have been possible without the wonderful financial support given to us in response to our appeals.

However, it doesn’t mark the end of the fight. When the new parliament is in place we will need to start lobbying and campaigning again with this new set of individuals to ensure our plant heritage remains protected for future generations.

We would like to say a very sincere thank you to all those who have supported us with this campaign, and hope you will continue to back us as the fight continues.

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Wednesday, 12 March 2014