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Monday, 10 March 2014 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Production and making available on the market of plant reproductive material (plant reproductive material law) (debate)

  Amelia Andersdotter (Verts/ALE), in writing. For a long time I have been raising with the Commission, most recently in my written question E-000606-13, the issue of the inefficiency of plant reproductive material monopolies. There are no quantitative or qualitative studies showing that certification systems and legal rights covering seeds bring benefits to the market or to biodiversity. This has been pointed out to the Commission in a study they themselves financed, but when I confronted them on this issue they had no response other than that their own investigation was flawed. We know that these rules on legal rights and heavy certification requirements concentrate market power in relatively few huge corporate agents from a small number of Member States. We would benefit more from a market acceptance of small actors and new actors, with low market entrance barriers. We should make laws with the intention of keeping market entry for newcomers as low as possible. But this requires the Commission not to dismiss its own research, and to value competition. I urge the Commission to rethink this initiative, and to be clever in its reform of the plant variety rights in 2015.

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