On the occasion of the release of its new publication, Incorporating Peasants’ Rights to Seeds in European law, the European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC) is pleased to organize a debate on the implementation of peasants' fundamental rights relative to seeds in Europe. These rights, legally recognized in the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Agriculture and Food (ITPGRFA), are also enshrined since December 2018 in article 19 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas (UNDROP), adopted by the United Nations General Assembly.
Almost three years after the adoption of UNDROP, this event is an opportunity for the European peasants’ movement to take stock of the implementation of these rights in the European Union (EU), and to denounce the regulatory frameworks that hinder the respect of these rights. This event also aims to express ECVC's demands for a coherent European regulatory framework implementing peasants’ rights relative to seeds, including concrete proposals for the establishment of a separate regulatory framework for peasants’ seed systems. On this occasion, different representatives of ECVC member organizations will present testimonies about their practical experiences with peasants’ seed systems in their respective countries, and the legislative obstacles encountered in national legislation.
In the context of the current revision of the EU seed marketing legislation and of the European Commission's study on "new genomic techniques", that peasants’ rights relative to seeds need to be placed at the forefront of this debate.