Changes in the classification of various vegetable crops and crop groups in the EU-common catalogue
In July 2019 the EU-implementing directive 2019/990 came into force. In short, this implies that several common names of crops and crop groups are changed, or added, or removed. In some cases, this results in changes in the grouping of varieties in crop groups. These changes may affect the registration requirements.
The detailed changes which result from this implementing directive have to be implemented and published by the member states on 30 June 2020 at the latest. These changes come into force on 1 July 2020.
In the text below we ask your attention for these important changes. Besides, the Board for Plant Varieties has two requests for you, of which one is urgent. We look forward to your answer on the urgent request on 15 June at the latest.
Overview of the most important changes and requests.
1) Brassica oleracea: in the new situation, there are 9 groups and the following changes were made. Among others, we now have the:
- Capitata Group (Red Cabbage and White Cabbage).
- Palm Kale Group *)
- Tronchuda Group *)
*) Registration of the latter two crops, is obligatory from now on. If you want to trade material of these crops inside Europe, registration in one of the EU-member states is needed. The other groups of Brassica oleracea remain unchanged.
At the end of 2019, the Board for Plant Varieties has reported the changes in Brassica oleracea varieties which are traded in or from the Netherlands to the EU-commission:
- Almost all varieties which were registered in the EU-common catalogue in the Kale Group simply remain in the Kale Group. One variety had to be moved to the Palm Kale Group. This will be communicated with the maintaining company.
- All varieties which are currently in the Red Cabbage Group or in the White Cabbage Group belong in the new situation to the Capitata Group.
- In 2018, the Netherlands has removed the Tronchuda type from the Dutch Variety Register NRR. This was the case with 3 varieties which were registered in the NRR as White Cabbage until 2018. As the Tronchuda Group is now added to the common catalogue, these 3 varieties must be registered again, but now under the Tronchuda Group. This was reported to the EU-commission by the Board for Plant Varieties and will be communicated with the maintaining company.
Urgent request: if you are currently trading not-registered varieties which belong in the new situation to the Tronchuda Group or to the Palm Kale Group, we look forward to hear this information from you on 15 June at the latest. In turn, we will include these varieties for your company in the NRR and in the common catalogue. NB: for this new registration, no new DUS-examination is needed and no fees will be charged. After the new registration in the NRR, these varieties belong to the regular maintenance control by Naktuinbouw. In due time, you will receive a request to submit a sample for maintenance control.
Please see the form for registration of existing Palm Kale and Tronchuda varieties at the end of this message.
Besides, if you intend to trade new Palm Kale varieties or Tronchuda varieties in Europe, please realise that these must be registered via the regular application procedure of the Board. You can find the applicable fees for this registration on the applicable fees.
2) Foeniculum vulgare: Azoricum Group
Almost all varieties which are on the list as Fennel belong in the new situation to the Azoricum Group, but there are some exceptions. Three varieties do not belong to the Azoricum Group and these have to be removed from the NRR and from the EU-common catalogue. This was already reported by to Board to the EU-commission and will be communicated with the maintaining company. From now on, new varieties which do not belong to the Azoricum Group, like for example Leaf Fennel varieties, do not need to be listed any longer.
3) Almost all varieties which are listed as Parsley belong in the new situation to the Leaf Parsley Group. There are a few exceptions: four varieties now belong to the Root Parsley Group. This has been reported to the EU-commission and will be communicated with the maintaining companies. In the new situation, for Root Parsley as well as for Leaf Parsley, registration is obligatory.
We are looking forward to your answer on the urgent request above for Tronchude varieties and Palm Kale varieties, on 15 June at the latest.
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