28 April 1995

EUseed decision delay

THE European Commission is to delay a decision on royalty payments for protected farm-saved seed until next month.

Commission officials said that royalties were likely to be determined nationally, between farmers and breeders and national courts, not in Brussels. Current legislation states that additional royalties on farm-saved seed "must be sensibly lower than for certified seed".

Officials pointed out that breeders are continuing to demand high royalties which neither the Commission not member states can accept. &#42