Brussels, Belgium (April 11, 2024) - In anticipation of the upcoming European Parliament’s plenary vote on Plant Reproductive Material (PRM), a coalition of stakeholders, particularly, Copa Cogeca, Euroseeds, Europatat, Coceral, the European Beet Growers(CIBE) and CEPM Maiz’Europe, which represent the majority of PRM suppliers and users has raised fundamental concerns.

The European Commission’s proposal, while requiring improvements, aimed to strike a balance between common rules for all producers and specific adaptations for diverse plant materials and markets. However, the current text proposed by COMAGRI risks compromising this balance by introducing significant exemptions, that could potentially lead to an uncontrolled market lacking official oversight and traceability.

At a time of deep uncertainty and challenges for the European agricultural community, the proposed legislation fails to align with commitments to support Europe’s farmers. It overlooks distinct biological characteristics and plant health risks, posing a threat to sustainability and food security efforts.

As PRM is the cornerstone of agricultural and food production, it necessitates compliance with official oversight and adherence to Plant Health requirements. Additionally, the suggestions highlighted by the COMAGRI report regarding testing systems for new varieties raise concerns, particularly in the face of climate change impacts and the need for sustainability assurances.

As the agricultural community faces these challenges, there’s a growing demand for effective testing protocols, adaptable to regional conditions and financially feasible for all operators.

The coalition urges the Members of the European Parliament to consider the proposed amendments supporting a more productive and sustainable EU agriculture. A renovated dialogue and continuous collaboration are essential in shaping a PRM legislation that meets the needs of all stakeholders and ensures a resilient agricultural future.

Our letter to MEPs