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European Commission - Press release

Commission urges Hungary to transpose provisions of seeds' directive

Brussels, 16 June 2011 - The European Commission asked Hungary today to notify national implementing measures as required by Directive 2010/46/EU on the marketing of certain varieties of agricultural and vegetable seeds.

The marketing of vegetable and agricultural plants plays an important part in the agricultural activity of the European Union. The production of healthy, high-quality crops depends to a large extent on the material used in cultivation. Healthy, high-quality agricultural plant and vegetable seeds contribute to a more competitive EU seeds' sector and enhance consumer choice in good-quality products.

Hungary has not communicated the measures implementing the directive

The Commission's request takes the form of a "reasoned opinion" under EU infringement procedures.

Earlier this year the Commission initiated the infringement procedure, described in Article 258 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), by sending a letter of formal notice to Hungary.

Since Hungary continues to not comply with the Commission's request, a "Reasoned Opinion," is being sent to formally request its compliance within a period of two months. Subsequently, the Commission may decide to refer Hungary to the EU's Court of Justice if action to ensure compliance is not taken.

For more information on the infringement procedure, please see:


For more information on the marketing of seeds legislation, please visit:


Contacts :

Frederic Vincent (+32 2 298 71 66)

Aikaterini Apostola (+32 2 298 76 24)

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