Reply from Vicky Ford MEP
To the letter Cath sent
13th December 2013
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    From: FORD Victoria Grace <>
Date: Fri, Dec 13, 2013 at 11:40 AM
Subject: RE: Letter from Horticultural Exhibitors Association re. Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and the council /*COM?2013/0262 final - 2013/0137 (COD) */
To: Cath Sanderson <>

Dear Ms Sanderson,

Thank you for your email about the proposal for a regulation on plant reproductive material. I agree that this is extremely concerning and very confusing. I had very useful meeting over the summer with representatives of the Horticultural Trade Association and seed companies Mr Fothergill and Thompson and Morgan. They clearly explained how the directive as drafted could cause insurmountable bureaucracy and that the Commission simply does not understand the impact this would have. The most unacceptable parts appear to be regarding registration of varieties and the open ended nature of the plants to be included in Annex 1. In my opinion this law must NOT be allowed to pass. It either needs to be completely amended or removed from the agenda.

I am therefore working with my colleague Julie Girling MEP who is shadowing this report on behalf of the Conservatives. We have already tabled amendments in the AGRI Committee to change the directive and remove its unnecessary and unwanted impact on garden ornamental plant varieties and we will be tabling further amendments in the ENVI Committee next week.

Thank you once again for taking the time to get in touch.
Kind regards,

Vicky Ford MEP
Conservative Member of the European Parliament for the East of England
Spokesman for Research and Industry for the Conservatives in the European Parliament European Parliament UK Office Tel: 0032228 45672 Tel: 01954211722

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