A broad coalition of civil society organisations wrote to the Director General of DG GROW requesting an urgent clarification on the legal protection of biotechnological inventions. The Directive 98/44/EC prohibits the patenting of “plant and animal varieties” as well as “essentially biological processes for the production of plants or animals”.
This week the European Parliament has voted in favour of a resolution banning the patenting of products obtained by conventional breeding techniques, such as crossing. Member of the European Parliament … Continued
During the plenary session in Strasbourg, the text was almost unanimously rejected (15 yes votes, 650 no votes and 13 abstentions), in line with the outcome of last month’s vote by the European Parliament’s Agriculture Commission.
European Coordination Via Campesina has organized today a mobilization in front of the European Parliament to draw attention to the forthcoming vote in the EP on legislation on the marketing … Continued