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official titleCouncil Directive 2002/53/EC of 13 June 2002 on the common catalogue of varieties of agricultural plant species
|Number legal act||Directive 2002/53|
|CELEX number i||32002L0053|
|Publication in Official Journal||20-07-2002; Special edition in Slovak: Chapter 03 Volume 036,Special edition in Bulgarian: Chapter 03 Volume 043,Special edition in Romanian: Chapter 03 Volume 043,Special edition in Lithuanian: Chapter 03 Volume 036,Special edition in Polish: Chapter 03 Volume 036,Special edition in Hungarian: Chapter 03 Volume 036,Special edition in Estonian: Chapter 03 Volume 036,Special edition in Latvian: Chapter 03 Volume 036,Special edition in Slovenian: Chapter 03 Volume 036,OJ L 193, 20.7.2002,Special edition in Maltese: Chapter 03 Volume 036,Special edition in Croatian: Chapter 03 Volume 056,Special edition in Czech: Chapter 03 Volume 036|
|Effect||09-08-2002; Entry into force Date pub. + 20 See Art 27|
|End of validity||31-12-9999|
Council Directive 2002/53/EC of 13 June 2002 on the common catalogue of varieties of agricultural plant species
Official Journal L 193 , 20/07/2002 P. 0001 - 0011
Council Directive 2002/53/EC
of 13 June 2002
on the common catalogue of varieties of agricultural plant species
THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,
Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community, and in particular Article 37 thereof,
Having regard to the proposal from the Commission,
Having regard to the Opinion of the European Parliament(1),
Having consulted the Economic and Social Committee,
(1)Council Directive 70/457/EEC of 29 September 1970 on the common catalogue of varieties of agricultural plant species(2) has been frequently and substantially amended(3). For reasons of clarity and rationality the said Directive should be codified.
(2)The production of agricultural seed and young plants occupies an important place in the agriculture of the Community.
(3)For this reason, the Council has adopted Directives concerning respectively the marketing of beet seed (2002/54/EC)(4), fodder plant seed (66/401/EEC)(5), cereal seed(6), seed potatoes (2002/56/EC)(7) and seed of oil and fibre plants (2002/57/EC)(8).
(4)A common catalogue of varieties needs to be compiled. This catalogue can be compiled only on the basis of national catalogues.
(5)All Member States should therefore compile one or more national catalogues of the varieties accepted for certification and marketing in their territory.
(6)These catalogues must be drawn up in accordance with uniform rules so that the varieties accepted will be distinct, stable and sufficiently uniform and that they will be of satisfactory value for cultivation and use.
(7)It is appropriate to take into consideration internationally established rules for certain provisions relating to the acceptance of varieties at national level.
(8)In order to carry out the examinations for the acceptance of a variety, a large number of uniform criteria and minimum requirements must be laid down.
(9)Provisions relating to the length of time during which acceptance of a variety is to remain valid, to the grounds on which acceptance may be revoked and to practices for maintenance of the variety must be standardized and the Member States should inform one another of the acceptance and withdrawal of varieties.
(10)It is desirable to adopt rules in relation to the suitability of varietal denominations and the exchange of information between Member States.
(11)Seed covered by this Directive should be freely marketable within the Community once it has been published in the common catalogue.
(12)However, Member States should be given the right to express by means of a special procedure any objections which they may have to a variety.
(13)The Commission should publish in the Official Journal of the European Communities, C Series, the varieties which are being added to the common catalogue of varieties of agricultural plant species.
(14)Provision should be made for measures recognizing the equivalence of examinations and checks of varieties carried out in third countries.
(15)Community rules should not apply to varieties the seed or propagating material of which is shown to be intended for export to third countries.
(16)In the light of scientific and technical developments, it is now possible to breed varieties through genetic modification. Therefore, when determining whether to accept genetically modified varieties within the meaning of Council Directive 90/220/EEC of 23 April 1990 on the deliberate release into the environment of genetically modified organisms(9) Member States should have regard to any risk related to...
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