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Legal provisions of COM(2017)643 - Amendment of council decision 2003/17/EC as regards the equivalence of field inspections of seed-producing crops and on seedswith regard to Brazil and Moldova

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Article 1 - Amendments to Decision 2003/17/EC

Decision 2003/17/EC is amended as follows:

(1)in Article 1, the introductory part is replaced by the following:

‘Field inspections concerning the seed-producing crops of the species specified in Annex I to this Decision carried out in the third countries listed in that Annex shall be considered equivalent to field inspections carried out in accordance with Directives 66/401/EEC, 66/402/EEC, 2002/54/EC and 2002/57/EC and Council Directive 2002/55/EC (*1) provided that they:’;

(*1)  Council Directive 2002/55/EC of 13 June 2002 on the marketing of vegetable seed (OJ L 193, 20.7.2002, p. 33).’;"

(2)Article 2 is replaced by the following:

‘Article 2

Seed of the species specified in Annex I to this Decision, produced in the third countries listed in that Annex and officially certified by the authorities listed in that Annex shall be considered equivalent to seed complying with Directives 66/401/EEC, 66/402/EEC, 2002/54/EC, 2002/55/EC and 2002/57/EC, if it satisfies the conditions laid down in point B of Annex II to this Decision.’;

(3)Article 3 is amended as follows:

(a)paragraph 1 is replaced by the following:

‘1.   Where equivalent seed is “relabelled and refastened” in the Community, within the meaning of OECD Schemes for the Varietal Certification of Seed moving in International Trade, the provisions of Directives 66/401/EEC, 66/402/EEC, 2002/54/EC, 2002/55/EC and 2002/57/EC concerning the reclosing of packages produced in the Community shall apply by analogy.

The first subparagraph shall be without prejudice to the OECD rules applicable to such operations.’;

(b)in paragraph 2, point (b) is replaced by the following:

‘(b)for small EC packages within the meaning of Directives 66/401/EEC, 2002/54/EC or 2002/55/EC.’;

(4)the Annexes to Decision 2003/17/EC are amended in accordance with the Annex to this Decision.

Article 2 - Entry into force

This Decision shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Article 3 - Addressees

This Decision is addressed to the Member States.