Ref. Ares(2017)6233736 - 19/12/2017
Political Declaration by the Commission on Temporary experiments
for organic varieties
The Commission acknowledges the need to establish conditions under which organic
varieties suitable for organic production shall be developed.
For the purpose of establishing criteria for the description of the characteristics of ‘organic
varieties suitable for organic production’, as well as defining the conditions under which
‘organic varieties suitable for organic production’ may be produced with a view to marketing,
and marketed under derogatory conditions, the Commission will organise at the latest 6
months after the date of application of the present Regulation a temporary experiment.
This temporary experiment will establish adapted criteria for describing the distinctness,
uniformity, stability, and, where applicable, the value for cultivation and use of organic
varieties suitable for organic production and address other marketing conditions such as
labelling and packaging. These conditions and criteria will take into account the specific
needs and objectives of organic agriculture such as enhancing genetic diversity, disease
resistance and adaptation to soil and climate conditions. Yearly reports will be produced to
monitor the progress of the temporary experiment.
In the framework of such an experiment, which shall have a term of seven years and foresee
sufficient quantities, Member States may be released from certain obligations laid down in
Directive 66/401/EEC, Directive 66/402/EEC, Directive 68/193/EEC, Directive 2002/53/EC,
Directive 2002/54/EC, Directive 2002/55/EEC, Directive 2002/56/EEC, Directive
2002/57/EEC, Directive 2008/72/EEC and Directive 2008/90/CE.
The Commission will assess the result of this experiment with a view to propose the
amendment of the requirements of the horizontal legislation on the marketing of seeds and
other plant reproductive materials to the characteristics of the ‘organic varieties suitable for