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2012/0165(COD) Importation of seed: equivalence principle; extending period of application and updating names of third countries and authorities

Progress: Procedure completed

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead AGRI DE CASTRO Paolo (icon: S&D S&D)
Committee Opinion INTA
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2012/11/28
   Final act published in Official Journal
Details

PURPOSE: to amend Council Decision 2003/17/EC by extending its period of application and by updating the name of a third country and of the authorities responsible for the approval and control of the production.

LEGISLATIVE ACT: Decision No 1105/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Decision 2003/17/EC by extending its period of application and by updating the names of a third country and of the authorities responsible for the approval and control of the production.

CONTENT: Council Decision 2003/17/EC on the equivalence of field inspections carried out in third countries on seed-producing crops and on the equivalence of seed produced in third countries provides that, for a limited period, field inspections carried out in third countries on seed-producing crops of certain species are to be considered to be equivalent to field inspections carried out in accordance with Union legal acts, and that seed of certain species produced in third countries is to be considered to be equivalent to seed produced in accordance with Union legal acts. Decision 2003/17/EC will expire on 31 December 2012.

Following an agreement reached at first reading with the European Parliament, the Council adopted a series of amendments to Council Decision 2003/17/EC with a view to:

the extension by ten years (until 31 December 2022) the period during which equivalence is recognised under Council Decision 2003/17/EC; the deletion of the reference to Yugoslavia in Decision 2003/17/EC; the addition of Serbia , as a member of the OECD Schemes for the Varietal Certification of Seed Moving in International Trade and as a member of the International Seed Testing Association as regards the seed sampling and testing, to the list of third countries in Annex I ; updating the names of some authorities responsible for the approval and control of the production; the deletion of provisions in Decision 2003/17/EC which refer to Council Decision 1999/468/EC laying down the procedures for the exercise of implementing powers conferred on the Commission (old comitology) as, in the context of this Decision, their application would be incompatible with the system on delegated and implementing powers introduced by Articles 290 and 291 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

ENTRY INTO FORCE: 01/12/2012.

APPLICATION: from 01/01/2013.

2012/11/21
   CSL - Draft final act
Documents
2012/11/21
   CSL - Final act signed
2012/11/21
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2012/11/15
   EC - Commission response to text adopted in plenary
Documents
2012/11/13
   EP/CSL - Act adopted by Council after Parliament's 1st reading
2012/11/13
   CSL - Council Meeting
2012/10/25
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2012/10/25
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 558 votes to 7, with 13 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Decision 2003/17/EC by extending its period of application and by updating the names of a third country and of the authorities responsible for the approval and control of the production.

Parliament adopted its position in first reading in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure. The amendments adopted in plenary are the result of a compromise reached between the European Parliament and the Council.

The amendments aimed at deleting the provisions of Council Decision 2003/17/EC which refer to Council Decision 1999/468/EC laying down the procedures for the exercise of implementing powers conferred on the Commission (old comitology) should be deleted as, in the context of this Decision, their application would be incompatible with the system on delegated and implementing powers introduced by Articles 290 and 291 of the Treaty.

Documents
2012/10/12
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development adopted the legislative report by Paolo DE CASTRO (S&D, IT) on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Decision 2003/17/EC by extending its period of application and by updating the names of a third country and of the authorities responsible for the approval and control of the production.

The committee recommends that the Commission proposal be accepted by Parliament in its substance as it stands.

Nevertheless, to avoid any possible obstacles to the prompt adoption of this urgent proposal, Members propose the deletion of the current comitology provisions of the amended Decision (i.e. its Articles 4 and 5).

Documents
2012/10/11
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
2012/09/24
   IT_SENATE - Contribution
Documents
2012/09/19
   ESC - Economic and Social Committee: opinion, report
Documents
2012/09/07
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2012/07/09
   EP - DE CASTRO Paolo (S&D) appointed as rapporteur in AGRI
2012/07/05
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
2012/06/28
   EC - Legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to amend Council Decision 2003/17/EC by extending its period of application and by updating the name of a third country and of the authorities responsible for the approval and control of the production.

PROPOSED ACT: Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council.

BACKGROUND: Council Directives on the marketing of fodder plant seed, cereal seed, beet seed and seed of oil and fibre plants regulate the internal marketing of seed for sowing of the plant species as listed by those Directives.

To facilitate trades and to respond promptly to the marketing request, those Directives provide for the Council to establish rules for authorising the importation of seed under an equivalence system from third countries.

Council Decision 2003/17/EC provides that for a limited period, field inspections carried out in third countries on seed-producing crops of certain species are considered as equivalent to field inspections carried out in accordance with Union legislation and that seed of certain species produced in third countries is considered as equivalent to seed produced in accordance with Union legislation.

It appears that those field inspections continue to afford the same guarantees as those carried out by the Member States. Those field inspections should therefore continue to be considered as equivalent.

As Decision 2003/17/EC will expire on 31 December 2012, the period for which equivalence is recognised under that Decision should be extended.

IMPACT ASSESSMENT: no impact assessment was undertaken.

LEGAL BASIS: Article 43(2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU).

CONTENT: Council Decision 2003/17/EC provided the list of countries to be recognised for the application of the equivalence principle for importation, detailed requirements to be fulfilled, and in particular limited to five years the period for which equivalence recognition is to be extended if all the relevant requirements are fulfilled.

That period will expire on 31 December 2012. Currently, the temporary extension is envisaged for only 5 years. However, the revision of the new Regulation on seeds and reproductive materials (under co- decision procedures) will be launched in September 2012, with specific implementing measures to be adopted thereafter.

In order to ensure the necessary supply of seed to the EU market, the Commission proposes to extend these rules by ten years, until 31 December 2022.

The proposal also aims to delete the reference to Yugoslavia in Decision 2003/17/EC. Serbia, as a member of the OECD Scheme for the Varietal Certification of Seed moving in International Trades and member of the International Seed Testing Association as regards the seed sampling and testing, will be added to the list of third countries in Annex I to Decision 2003/17/EC.

Lastly, the proposal updates the names of some authorities responsible for the approval and control of the production.

BUDGETARY IMPLICATIONS: the proposal has no implications for the EU budget.

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  • date: 2012-11-28T00:00:00 type: Final act published in Official Journal summary: PURPOSE: to amend Council Decision 2003/17/EC by extending its period of application and by updating the name of a third country and of the authorities responsible for the approval and control of the production. LEGISLATIVE ACT: Decision No 1105/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Decision 2003/17/EC by extending its period of application and by updating the names of a third country and of the authorities responsible for the approval and control of the production. CONTENT: Council Decision 2003/17/EC on the equivalence of field inspections carried out in third countries on seed-producing crops and on the equivalence of seed produced in third countries provides that, for a limited period, field inspections carried out in third countries on seed-producing crops of certain species are to be considered to be equivalent to field inspections carried out in accordance with Union legal acts, and that seed of certain species produced in third countries is to be considered to be equivalent to seed produced in accordance with Union legal acts. Decision 2003/17/EC will expire on 31 December 2012. Following an agreement reached at first reading with the European Parliament, the Council adopted a series of amendments to Council Decision 2003/17/EC with a view to: the extension by ten years (until 31 December 2022) the period during which equivalence is recognised under Council Decision 2003/17/EC; the deletion of the reference to Yugoslavia in Decision 2003/17/EC; the addition of Serbia , as a member of the OECD Schemes for the Varietal Certification of Seed Moving in International Trade and as a member of the International Seed Testing Association as regards the seed sampling and testing, to the list of third countries in Annex I ; updating the names of some authorities responsible for the approval and control of the production; the deletion of provisions in Decision 2003/17/EC which refer to Council Decision 1999/468/EC laying down the procedures for the exercise of implementing powers conferred on the Commission (old comitology) as, in the context of this Decision, their application would be incompatible with the system on delegated and implementing powers introduced by Articles 290 and 291 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. ENTRY INTO FORCE: 01/12/2012. APPLICATION: from 01/01/2013. docs: title: Decision 2012/1105 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=32012D1105 title: OJ L 328 28.11.2012, p. 0004 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=OJ:L:2012:328:TOC
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PURPOSE: to amend Council Decision 2003/17/EC by extending its period of application and by updating the name of a third country and of the authorities responsible for the approval and control of the production.

PROPOSED ACT: Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council.

BACKGROUND: Council Directives on the marketing of fodder plant seed, cereal seed, beet seed and seed of oil and fibre plants regulate the internal marketing of seed for sowing of the plant species as listed by those Directives.

To facilitate trades and to respond promptly to the marketing request, those Directives provide for the Council to establish rules for authorising the importation of seed under an equivalence system from third countries.

Council Decision 2003/17/EC provides that for a limited period, field inspections carried out in third countries on seed-producing crops of certain species are considered as equivalent to field inspections carried out in accordance with Union legislation and that seed of certain species produced in third countries is considered as equivalent to seed produced in accordance with Union legislation.

It appears that those field inspections continue to afford the same guarantees as those carried out by the Member States. Those field inspections should therefore continue to be considered as equivalent.

As Decision 2003/17/EC will expire on 31 December 2012, the period for which equivalence is recognised under that Decision should be extended.

IMPACT ASSESSMENT: no impact assessment was undertaken.

LEGAL BASIS: Article 43(2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU).

CONTENT: Council Decision 2003/17/EC provided the list of countries to be recognised for the application of the equivalence principle for importation, detailed requirements to be fulfilled, and in particular limited to five years the period for which equivalence recognition is to be extended if all the relevant requirements are fulfilled.

That period will expire on 31 December 2012. Currently, the temporary extension is envisaged for only 5 years. However, the revision of the new Regulation on seeds and reproductive materials (under co- decision procedures) will be launched in September 2012, with specific implementing measures to be adopted thereafter.

In order to ensure the necessary supply of seed to the EU market, the Commission proposes to extend these rules by ten years, until 31 December 2022.

The proposal also aims to delete the reference to Yugoslavia in Decision 2003/17/EC. Serbia, as a member of the OECD Scheme for the Varietal Certification of Seed moving in International Trades and member of the International Seed Testing Association as regards the seed sampling and testing, will be added to the list of third countries in Annex I to Decision 2003/17/EC.

Lastly, the proposal updates the names of some authorities responsible for the approval and control of the production.

BUDGETARY IMPLICATIONS: the proposal has no implications for the EU budget.

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PURPOSE: to amend Council Decision 2003/17/EC by extending its period of application and by updating the name of a third country and of the authorities responsible for the approval and control of the production.

PROPOSED ACT: Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council.

BACKGROUND: Council Directives on the marketing of fodder plant seed, cereal seed, beet seed and seed of oil and fibre plants regulate the internal marketing of seed for sowing of the plant species as listed by those Directives.

To facilitate trades and to respond promptly to the marketing request, those Directives provide for the Council to establish rules for authorising the importation of seed under an equivalence system from third countries.

Council Decision 2003/17/EC provides that for a limited period, field inspections carried out in third countries on seed-producing crops of certain species are considered as equivalent to field inspections carried out in accordance with Union legislation and that seed of certain species produced in third countries is considered as equivalent to seed produced in accordance with Union legislation.

It appears that those field inspections continue to afford the same guarantees as those carried out by the Member States. Those field inspections should therefore continue to be considered as equivalent.

As Decision 2003/17/EC will expire on 31 December 2012, the period for which equivalence is recognised under that Decision should be extended.

IMPACT ASSESSMENT: no impact assessment was undertaken.

LEGAL BASIS: Article 43(2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU).

CONTENT: Council Decision 2003/17/EC provided the list of countries to be recognised for the application of the equivalence principle for importation, detailed requirements to be fulfilled, and in particular limited to five years the period for which equivalence recognition is to be extended if all the relevant requirements are fulfilled.

That period will expire on 31 December 2012. Currently, the temporary extension is envisaged for only 5 years. However, the revision of the new Regulation on seeds and reproductive materials (under co- decision procedures) will be launched in September 2012, with specific implementing measures to be adopted thereafter.

In order to ensure the necessary supply of seed to the EU market, the Commission proposes to extend these rules by ten years, until 31 December 2022.

The proposal also aims to delete the reference to Yugoslavia in Decision 2003/17/EC. Serbia, as a member of the OECD Scheme for the Varietal Certification of Seed moving in International Trades and member of the International Seed Testing Association as regards the seed sampling and testing, will be added to the list of third countries in Annex I to Decision 2003/17/EC.

Lastly, the proposal updates the names of some authorities responsible for the approval and control of the production.

BUDGETARY IMPLICATIONS: the proposal has no implications for the EU budget.

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The Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development adopted the legislative report by Paolo DE CASTRO (S&D, IT) on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Decision 2003/17/EC by extending its period of application and by updating the names of a third country and of the authorities responsible for the approval and control of the production.

The committee recommends that the Commission proposal be accepted by Parliament in its substance as it stands.

Nevertheless, to avoid any possible obstacles to the prompt adoption of this urgent proposal, Members propose the deletion of the current comitology provisions of the amended Decision (i.e. its Articles 4 and 5).

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The committee recommends that the Commission proposal be accepted by Parliament in its substance as it stands.

Nevertheless, to avoid any possible obstacles to the prompt adoption of this urgent proposal, Members propose the deletion of the current comitology provisions of the amended Decision (i.e. its Articles 4 and 5).

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The European Parliament adopted by 558 votes to 7, with 13 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Decision 2003/17/EC by extending its period of application and by updating the names of a third country and of the authorities responsible for the approval and control of the production.

Parliament adopted its position in first reading in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure. The amendments adopted in plenary are the result of a compromise reached between the European Parliament and the Council.

The amendments aimed at deleting the provisions of Council Decision 2003/17/EC which refer to Council Decision 1999/468/EC laying down the procedures for the exercise of implementing powers conferred on the Commission (old comitology) should be deleted as, in the context of this Decision, their application would be incompatible with the system on delegated and implementing powers introduced by Articles 290 and 291 of the Treaty.

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  • PURPOSE: to amend Council Decision 2003/17/EC by extending its period of application and by updating the name of a third country and of the authorities responsible for the approval and control of the production.

    LEGISLATIVE ACT: Decision No 1105/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Decision 2003/17/EC by extending its period of application and by updating the names of a third country and of the authorities responsible for the approval and control of the production.

    CONTENT: Council Decision 2003/17/EC on the equivalence of field inspections carried out in third countries on seed-producing crops and on the equivalence of seed produced in third countries provides that, for a limited period, field inspections carried out in third countries on seed-producing crops of certain species are to be considered to be equivalent to field inspections carried out in accordance with Union legal acts, and that seed of certain species produced in third countries is to be considered to be equivalent to seed produced in accordance with Union legal acts. Decision 2003/17/EC will expire on 31 December 2012.

    Following an agreement reached at first reading with the European Parliament, the Council adopted a series of amendments to Council Decision 2003/17/EC with a view to:

    • the extension by ten years (until 31 December 2022) the period during which equivalence is recognised under Council Decision 2003/17/EC;
    • the deletion of the reference to Yugoslavia in Decision 2003/17/EC;
    • the addition of Serbia, as a member of the OECD Schemes for the Varietal Certification of Seed Moving in International Trade and as a member of the International Seed Testing Association as regards the seed sampling and testing, to the list of third countries in Annex I;
    • updating the names of some authorities responsible for the approval and control of the production;
    • the deletion of provisions in Decision 2003/17/EC which refer to Council Decision 1999/468/EC laying down the procedures for the exercise of implementing powers conferred on the Commission (old comitology) as, in the context of this Decision, their application would be incompatible with the system on delegated and implementing powers introduced by Articles 290 and 291 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

    ENTRY INTO FORCE: 01/12/2012.

    APPLICATION: from 01/01/2013.

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  • The Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development adopted the legislative report by Paolo DE CASTRO (S&D, IT) on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Decision 2003/17/EC by extending its period of application and by updating the names of a third country and of the authorities responsible for the approval and control of the production.

    The committee recommends that the Commission proposal be accepted by Parliament in its substance as it stands.

    Nevertheless, to avoid any possible obstacles to the prompt adoption of this urgent proposal, Members propose the deletion of the current comitology provisions of the amended Decision (i.e. its Articles 4 and 5).

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  • PURPOSE: to amend Council Decision 2003/17/EC by extending its period of application and by updating the name of a third country and of the authorities responsible for the approval and control of the production.

    PROPOSED ACT: Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council.

    BACKGROUND: Council Directives on the marketing of fodder plant seed, cereal seed, beet seed and seed of oil and fibre plants regulate the internal marketing of seed for sowing of the plant species as listed by those Directives.

    To facilitate trades and to respond promptly to the marketing request, those Directives provide for the Council to establish rules for authorising the importation of seed under an equivalence system from third countries.

    Council Decision 2003/17/EC provides that for a limited period, field inspections carried out in third countries on seed-producing crops of certain species are considered as equivalent to field inspections carried out in accordance with Union legislation and that seed of certain species produced in third countries is considered as equivalent to seed produced in accordance with Union legislation.

    It appears that those field inspections continue to afford the same guarantees as those carried out by the Member States. Those field inspections should therefore continue to be considered as equivalent.

    As Decision 2003/17/EC will expire on 31 December 2012, the period for which equivalence is recognised under that Decision should be extended.

    IMPACT ASSESSMENT: no impact assessment was undertaken.

    LEGAL BASIS: Article 43(2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU).

    CONTENT: Council Decision 2003/17/EC provided the list of countries to be recognised for the application of the equivalence principle for importation, detailed requirements to be fulfilled, and in particular limited to five years the period for which equivalence recognition is to be extended if all the relevant requirements are fulfilled.

    That period will expire on 31 December 2012. Currently, the temporary extension is envisaged for only 5 years. However, the revision of the new Regulation on seeds and reproductive materials (under co- decision procedures) will be launched in September 2012, with specific implementing measures to be adopted thereafter.

    In order to ensure the necessary supply of seed to the EU market, the Commission proposes to extend these rules by ten years, until 31 December 2022.

    The proposal also aims to delete the reference to Yugoslavia in Decision 2003/17/EC. Serbia, as a member of the OECD Scheme for the Varietal Certification of Seed moving in International Trades and member of the International Seed Testing Association as regards the seed sampling and testing, will be added to the list of third countries in Annex I to Decision 2003/17/EC.

    Lastly, the proposal updates the names of some authorities responsible for the approval and control of the production.

    BUDGETARY IMPLICATIONS: the proposal has no implications for the EU budget.

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  • PURPOSE: to amend Council Decision 2003/17/EC by extending its period of application and by updating the name of a third country and of the authorities responsible for the approval and control of the production.

    PROPOSED ACT: Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council.

    BACKGROUND: Council Directives on the marketing of fodder plant seed, cereal seed, beet seed and seed of oil and fibre plants regulate the internal marketing of seed for sowing of the plant species as listed by those Directives.

    To facilitate trades and to respond promptly to the marketing request, those Directives provide for the Council to establish rules for authorising the importation of seed under an equivalence system from third countries.

    Council Decision 2003/17/EC provides that for a limited period, field inspections carried out in third countries on seed-producing crops of certain species are considered as equivalent to field inspections carried out in accordance with Union legislation and that seed of certain species produced in third countries is considered as equivalent to seed produced in accordance with Union legislation.

    It appears that those field inspections continue to afford the same guarantees as those carried out by the Member States. Those field inspections should therefore continue to be considered as equivalent.

    As Decision 2003/17/EC will expire on 31 December 2012, the period for which equivalence is recognised under that Decision should be extended.

    IMPACT ASSESSMENT: no impact assessment was undertaken.

    LEGAL BASIS: Article 43(2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU).

    CONTENT: Council Decision 2003/17/EC provided the list of countries to be recognised for the application of the equivalence principle for importation, detailed requirements to be fulfilled, and in particular limited to five years the period for which equivalence recognition is to be extended if all the relevant requirements are fulfilled.

    That period will expire on 31 December 2012. Currently, the temporary extension is envisaged for only 5 years. However, the revision of the new Regulation on seeds and reproductive materials (under co- decision procedures) will be launched in September 2012, with specific implementing measures to be adopted thereafter.

    In order to ensure the necessary supply of seed to the EU market, the Commission proposes to extend these rules by ten years, until 31 December 2022.

    The proposal also aims to delete the reference to Yugoslavia in Decision 2003/17/EC. Serbia, as a member of the OECD Scheme for the Varietal Certification of Seed moving in International Trades and member of the International Seed Testing Association as regards the seed sampling and testing, will be added to the list of third countries in Annex I to Decision 2003/17/EC.

    Lastly, the proposal updates the names of some authorities responsible for the approval and control of the production.

    BUDGETARY IMPLICATIONS: the proposal has no implications for the EU budget.

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  • PURPOSE: to amend Council Decision 2003/17/EC by extending its period of application and by updating the name of a third country and of the authorities responsible for the approval and control of the production.

    PROPOSED ACT: Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council.

    BACKGROUND: Council Directives on the marketing of fodder plant seed, cereal seed, beet seed and seed of oil and fibre plants regulate the internal marketing of seed for sowing of the plant species as listed by those Directives.

    To facilitate trades and to respond promptly to the marketing request, those Directives provide for the Council to establish rules for authorising the importation of seed under an equivalence system from third countries.

    Council Decision 2003/17/EC provides that for a limited period, field inspections carried out in third countries on seed-producing crops of certain species are considered as equivalent to field inspections carried out in accordance with Union legislation and that seed of certain species produced in third countries is considered as equivalent to seed produced in accordance with Union legislation.

    It appears that those field inspections continue to afford the same guarantees as those carried out by the Member States. Those field inspections should therefore continue to be considered as equivalent.

    As Decision 2003/17/EC will expire on 31 December 2012, the period for which equivalence is recognised under that Decision should be extended.

    IMPACT ASSESSMENT: no impact assessment was undertaken.

    LEGAL BASIS: Article 43(2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU).

    CONTENT: Council Decision 2003/17/EC provided the list of countries to be recognised for the application of the equivalence principle for importation, detailed requirements to be fulfilled, and in particular limited to five years the period for which equivalence recognition is to be extended if all the relevant requirements are fulfilled.

    That period will expire on 31 December 2012. Currently, the temporary extension is envisaged for only 5 years. However, the revision of the new Regulation on seeds and reproductive materials (under co- decision procedures) will be launched in September 2012, with specific implementing measures to be adopted thereafter.

    In order to ensure the necessary supply of seed to the EU market, the Commission proposes to extend these rules by ten years, until 31 December 2022.

    The proposal also aims to delete the reference to Yugoslavia in Decision 2003/17/EC. Serbia, as a member of the OECD Scheme for the Varietal Certification of Seed moving in International Trades and member of the International Seed Testing Association as regards the seed sampling and testing, will be added to the list of third countries in Annex I to Decision 2003/17/EC.

    Lastly, the proposal updates the names of some authorities responsible for the approval and control of the production.

    BUDGETARY IMPLICATIONS: the proposal has no implications for the EU budget.

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2012-09-17T00:00:00
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2012-07-09T00:00:00
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  • group: S&D name: DE CASTRO Paolo
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2012-07-09T00:00:00
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Preparatory phase in Parliament
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  • body: EP date: 2012-06-28T00:00:00 type: EP officialisation
  • date: 2012-06-28T00:00:00 docs: url: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!DocNumber&lg=EN&type_doc=COMfinal&an_doc=2012&nu_doc=343 title: COM(2012)0343 type: Legislative proposal published celexid: CELEX:52012PC0343:EN type: Legislative proposal body: EC commission: DG: url: http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/health_consumer/index_en.htm title: Health and Consumers Commissioner: DALLI John
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  • body: EP responsible: True committee_full: Agriculture and Rural Development committee: AGRI
  • body: EP responsible: False committee_full: International Trade committee: INTA
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  • body: EC dg: url: http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/health_consumer/index_en.htm title: Health and Consumers commissioner: DALLI John
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2012/0165(COD)
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Treaty on the Functioning of the EU TFEU 043-p2
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Amending Decision 2003/17/EC
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Legislation
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Importation of seed: equivalence principle; extending period of application and updating names of third countries and authorities
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COD - Ordinary legislative procedure (ex-codecision)
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