EU: Brussels maintains the ban on importing seed potatoes from the United Kingdom
Published Feb 11, 2023
As long as the United Kingdom does not respect the legislation of the European Union (EU) on sanitary and phytosanitary matters after Brexit, the European Commission indicated on January 31 to the MEPs of the Agriculture Committee that it maintained the ban on importing potato seeds from from Scotland. "This measure applies to all third countries, except Switzerland, Norway and Iceland, which are aligned with our sanitary and phytosanitary legislation," Brussels said.
Clara Aguilera MEP (S&D, Spain) expressed concern about the economic impact of this decision on the Spanish seed industry, which is highly dependent on certain seed varieties that are only available in Scotland. Others like Luke Flanagan (Left, Ireland) and Bert-Jan Ruissen (Conservatives, ...