Proposal for a DECISION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL amending Council Decision 2008/971/EC as regards the equivalence of forest reproductive material produced in the United Kingdom to such material produced in the Union
1. The Commission document sets out a Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council to amend Council Decision 2008/971/EC to recognise forest reproductive material (“FRM”) produced in the United Kingdom as equivalent to such material produced in the European Union.
2. The marketing of FRM is regulated in the EU through Council Directive 1999/105/EC and is one of a number of EU Directives under the EU acquis regulating the marketing of seed, plants and plant propagating material. The UK will be continuing to apply the EU acquis at the point of exit for marketing of plant reproductive material. The powers of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 are being used to make operability changes to UK legislation but without changes in policy or to the detailed provisions for the assurance of marketed material.
3. In advance of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union on 31 January 2020 the UK submitted a request to the Commission for seed, plants and plant propagating material (including FRM) to be recognised as equivalent to such material produced in the EU in order to allow material produced in the UK to be exported to the EU, continuing the long standing trading patterns.