As a contribution to the debate opened by the European Commission on the “Staff Working Document on the status of new genomic techniques under Union law and in light of the Court of Justice ruling in Case C-528/16“, ECVC has decided to produce its own “working document”, entitled “Where does the European Commission want to take us with its new Working Document on GMOs?”which can be found here in.


ECVC is not in favour of the proposal to separate the debates on the various regulations that are linked together in isolated fora. Instead, these new proposals from the European Commission should be analysed in the overall regulatory context of seeds, which also includes “the Commission Staff Working Document on the Union’s options to update the existing legislation on the production and marketing of plant reproductive material“, as well as regulations on plant health and plant reproductive material, food chain controls, protection of biotechnological inventions and plant varieties.


This ECVC working paper was produced jointly by the Confédération paysanne, the Associazione Rurale Italiana (ARI) and the Coordinadora de Organizaciones de Agricultores y Ganaderos (COAG). This document reflects the internal discussions currently taking place within the ECVC “Agrobiodiversity & Seeds” working group.


ECVC will publish a position paper once the consultations opened by the Commission have clarified a number of important ambiguities that remain in its working document.