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Commission Implementing Directive 2014/20/EU of 6 February 2014 determining Union grades of basic and certified seed potatoes, and the conditions and designations applicable to such grades (Text with EEA relevance)

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Commission Implementing Directive 2014/20/EU

of 6 February 2014

determining Union grades of basic and certified seed potatoes, and the conditions and designations applicable to such grades

(Text with EEA relevance)

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Council Directive 2002/56/EC of 13 June 2002 on the marketing of seed potatoes(1), and in particular the first subparagraph of Article 3(3) thereof,

Whereas:

(1) Commission Directive 93/17/EEC(2) introduced rules concerning Union grades of basic seed potatoes.

(2) Rapid technical and scientific developments in seed potato production systems and increased trade with seed potatoes in the internal market make it desirable that those rules are adapted. In view of the developments of the sector, such rules should also apply to certified seed potatoes.

(3) Those rules should concern the designation of uniform Union grade names. They should also include conditions for the placing on the market of seed potatoes and lots of seed potatoes as any of the respective Union grades. Those conditions should concern, as appropriate, the presence of pests, potatoes belonging to other varieties, and potatoes with blemishes, shrivelling, soil or extraneous matter.

(4) The requirement that the growing plant is raised in a production ground where three years have elapsed since potatoes were last grown, and that it is subject to a least two official inspections, is no longer necessary in view of the more stringent requirements for the Union grades set out in this Directive.

(5) Since the adoption of Directive 2002/56/EC, scientific knowledge has developed concerning the link between the number of generations and the level of presence of pests of seed potatoes. Limiting the number of generations is a necessary way of mitigating the phytosanitary risk posed by pests in latent form. That limitation is necessary for the mitigation of that risk, and no other less stringent measures are available to replace it. Experience has shown that for the Union grades S, SE and E maximum numbers of generations should be allowed for each of those Union grades. In order to ensure compliance with the substantive requirements, those requirements should only be considered to be fulfilled on the basis of an official inspection.

(6) Directive 93/17/EEC should therefore be repealed.

(7) The measures provided for in this Directive are in accordance with the opinion of the Standing Committee on Seeds and Propagating Material for Agriculture, Horticulture and Forestry,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DIRECTIVE:

(2)

Commission Directive 93/17/EEC of 30 March 1993 determining Community grades of basic seed potatoes, together with the conditions and designations applicable to such grades (OJ L 106, 30.4.1993, p. 7).

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