I spent many long hours reading the whole Regulation 2016/2031 and finding its important implementing acts (and reading them!). I read in English, as I didn't trust the Polish translation (it proved to be ok, as far as I checked later on). I have practised for many years to analize various legal acts, and I have a good knowledge of plants (which is important in this case). So it was easy for me to comprehend the whole of the regulation, to find all the important rules and exceptions to this rules. You have to understand the intentions of the lawmakers, and understand the aims of the legal act they created to use it properly - it's not about choosing single articles, or even single words out of these articles. How many clerks in various institutions in different EU countries that will be using this law as part of their job did the same, what I did, before December 14th 2019, when this law came into force? I don't think that there were many...
On the whole this regulation is a well made legal act, but in my opinion it's too complex, and too complicated (much too complicated for a regular citizen of the EU). But it's ridiculous, totally absurd, and plain stupid that this regulation came into force only half a month after the key implementing act - the list of plants (and parts of the plants) requiring (and those not requiring) a phytosanitary certificate to be imported to the EU - was adopted by the EU Commission. It should be at least a year later. You can't teach all the custom officers in all the 28 member states (yes, UK included) how all the different plants and their parts (among those seeds) included in this list look like in half a month!
I suppose that authorities that claim that one is not allowed to import seeds for planting to the EU without a phytosanitary certificate do not know the details of the Regulation 2016/2031 at all, and are basing their claim on some general leaflets or some internet articles written by some people who also did not read the regulation and are not lawyers. And the law is all about the details. You don't know the law without reading the text of the Regulation and its implementing acts. It's far easier for the authorities to claim that you can't import the seeds without a pytosanitary certificate, than to bother to learn the law they should use. Thus the authorities violate the law they are obliged to follow. And violating the law is violating the law. The damage will be huge, if the authorities don't change their mind quickly.
Believe me - you don't want to live in a country, where the authorities violate the law.
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