UEEA position paper on Genome Editing, unanimously voted for it during the meeting in Florence 22-23 november 2018

The UEAA observes that the opinion issued by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on 25 July 2018 on the status of mutagenesis puts at risk the use, in the European Union, of new plant breeding techniques (NPBT), including genome editing, by subjecting them to the same GMO directive as plants derived from transgenesis.

The capacity of innovation of European breeders and seed producers as well as their world leadership position is being jeopardized. It is also significantly increasing the risk of EU dependency upon large agricultural countries that invest heavily in these very promising new technologies.

In order for European breeders, public and private, to be able to access genome editing technologies, the UEAA requests the European Commission to urgently clarify that plants resulting from conventional techniques of mutagenesis are excluded from the GMO legislation , and that in light of cumulative scientific information now available regarding their safety, plants which have undergone small DNA changes obtained through genome editing must also be excluded from the provisions of the GMO legislation. For the long term, the UEAA calls for a new GMO directive adapted to modern breeding techniques and enabling science-based evaluation of new plant varieties.

The UEAA supports the joint proposal of WGG (Wissenschaftlerkreis Grüne Gentechnik) and AFBV (Association Française des Biotechnologies Végétales) to set up a validation process allowing a developer to submit to a European competent authority basic information on any plant derived from genome editing to determine its regulatory status: excluded from, or subject to, GMO legislation. Under the WGG-AFBV proposal the following product categories would not be considered as GMOs: (i) null segregants, (ii) deletions regardless of size, (iii) substitution of a single nucleotide pair, and (iv) cisgenes. Countries such as the United States, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Japan have already begun to put in place a very similar specific process that leads to the same type of exclusions.

For the UEAA, these safeguards for new plant breeding techniques must be implemented urgently to prevent European research from accumulating delays in plant improvement that are necessary to reduce the use of plant protection products, adapt crops to climate change, and increase food security.

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Excellent meeting in Florence on 22-23rd November 2018

New President : Professore Michele Stanca (Accademia dei Georgofili, Florence, Italy)

Full report will be posted later.

At this stage :

Congratulations and Good luck to Professore Michele Stanca,

signed : Past President Professeur Michel Thibier

25 November 2018

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Latest News

from the UEAA Italian Vice President about the next UEAA General Assembly and scientific meeting in Florence

“I am more than happy to invite all members of UEAA to our next meeting in Florence, on 22-23 November2018.
Please fill the registration form here attached and have a look on that interesting program”. Your faithfully M Stanca, Vice President of the UEAA

pdf Registration form – Deadline: 29 October 2018 (PDF, 437 kB)
pdf Program 2018 Florence (PDF, 173 kB)

04 10 18

The French Academie d’Agricuture launches a survey on the food system and its transition related to CAP

Please feel free to respond to Professeur Nadine Vivier:  Nadine.Vivier@univ-lemans.fr.
Questions to all members of the U E A A, see the three questions on the page : Activities/News and comments from members of the UEAA on this very site.

19 7 18

Date and Place of the next UEAA meeting

Professor M Stanca has just sent me this message:

“I am glad to inform you that, for logistic reasons,  the date of UEAA meeting will take place in Florence at the Aula Magna of Accademia dei Georgofili in Florence, Italy, at 22-23 of november 2018“.

President M Thibier, 14 June 2018

Further details will follow.
14 6 18

The International Association of Agriculture Museums

The purpose of the association is to educate the public about the significance of agriculture to human society, to explain the many ways that agriculture has evolved through time, and to facilitate dialogue between museums across the globe about agricultural topics and discoveries. Call for support.

Please feel free to read more in page : Activities/News and comments from members of the UEAA

24 5 18

An important message from the Accademia dei Georgofili – Florence, Italy.

 Re. the 2018 UEAA international meeting

 Dear UEAA Members,

This to inform you that for several reasons, including the great loss of our President Professore Giampiero Maracchi, we intend to postpone the 2018 UEAA Meeting in Florence next October.

Soon, I will inform you all about the date and the program.

Warm regards,

Professore A Michele Stanca

Vice President of Accademia dei Georgofili

Acting Vice President of the UEAA

M Stanca,

23 3 18

 In accordance to the statutes of the UEAA, Professore M Stanca having been nominated by the Board of the Accademia dei Georgofili to succeed to late Professore G Maracchi, will act  as the Vice President of the UEAA, position to be confirmed at the next General Assembly meeting and before the Presidency goes to the representative of the Italian Accademia dei Georgofili, hence to Professore M Stanca.

M Thibier, President of the UEAA .

23 03 2018

The UEAA Board is particularly sad to announce that his Vice President Professore G Maracchi, President of the Academia Georgofili has passed away on March 10, 2018;

The UEAA expresses its deepest condolences both to Mrs G Maracchi and to the Accademia dei Georgofili, Florence, Italy.

A note from the International Association for Agricultural Museums, AIMA

Please have a look on this interesting note on page / Activities/News and comments from members of the UEAA

26 02 2018


                                            HAPPY NEW YEAR

                                                                               FELICE ANNO NUOVO

From the  Steering Committee members to all UEAA members and friends.

3 1 2018

 The Georgian Academy of Agricultural Sciences celebrates its 60th Anniversary

See on page :Activities/ News and comments from UEAA members

12 12 17

A new report from EASAC, the European Academies Science Advisory Council : Opportunities and Challenges for Research on Food and Nutrition Security and Agriculture in Europe

See on page :Activities/ News and comments from UEAA members

5 12 17

A report from the Romanian Academy of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences : The “Science Advice for Policy by European Academies” (SAPEA) project meeting in Bucharest, 16, 17 October 2017.

  see on page : Activities/ News and comments from UEAA members.

24 11 17

Feed back from the Romanian National Press on the UEAA meeting in Brussels on 28 September 2017

see on the following page : about UEAA/ Governance/ minutes of the General Assembly and Steering Committee meetings.
9 11 17

Variety, Properties and Productive Potential of Soils in Ukraine : an original paper sent from the National Academy of Agrarian Science of Ukraine :

see on page : Activities/ News and comments from UEAA members

8 11 17

A very successful International Conference at the Georgian Academy of Agricultural Sciences. October 25-27 2017, Tbilisi, Georgia.

Viticulture and Wine making in European countries – Historical aspects and prospects

Check in page: Activities/ News and comments from UEAA members

6 11 17

Message from France about the new European Joint Program (EJP)

The “One Health Program” of research selected by the European Commission and begins on 1st January 2018

Check in page: Activities/ News and comments from UEAA members

3 11 2017

Latest news from the Latvian academy of agricultural and forestry sciences. Congratulations to our friends from Latvia

Check in page: Activities/ News and comments from UEAA members.

23 10 2017

Report of the meeting of the UEAA Steering Committee with the EU Commissioner for Agriculture Ph Hogan – 28 September 2017 – The Berlaymont Building, Brussels – Belgium

see the report on either of those two pages on this very site : about/ueaa/ Governance/ minutes… or Activities/News.  Enjoy your reading.

12 10 2017

The minutes of the last UEAA Steering Committee meeting held in Brussels on 28 September  2017,

in preparation to the meeting with the E U Commissioner for Agriculture Ph Hogan is now posted on page : “About UEAA/Governance/Minutes of the General Assembly and Steering Committee meetings” of this very site. It includes  photos of the meeting as well as all the slides presented at that meeting, thanks to the S C members.

Come and have a look if you wish to know more about what UEAA does

Photo of  The UEAA President, Professor Michel Thibier (center, first row) and other members of the UEAA steering committee with the E U Commissioner in charge of Agriculture Ph Hogan .

12 10 2017

The UEAA position on the future of the post 2020 Common Agricultural Policy

pdfUEAA Position on CAP Brussels, 28 Sept 2017 (PDF, 407 kB)

10 10 17


pdfUEAA Step Report of the Agric Educ Commission 21 9 17 (PDF, 459 kB)

10 10 17

A note from the Chairman of the UEAA Agricultural Education commission

The UEAA new commission: “agricultural education”. A step report from the Chairman , JP BASTIE, have a look on this page.

NB. Registered Members of the UEAA will receive a special questionnaire from the chairperson, JP Bastié, of  this Commission, make sure you have had a look.

24 07 17

News from the European Commission

Very interesting note on new techniques in agricultural biotechnology, have a look on the Activities/News page on this very site.

3 6 17

The full article of Paul Brassley  given at the UEAA meeting in Paris (12 October 2016) is now on this web site.

Brassley P.2017. The impact of agricultural science 1850-2016 : a gentleman’s amusement to the saviour of the world?

Have a look on the Activities/News page on this very site.

9 5 17

Most interesting  book from the World Organisation of Animal Health (OIE), just released : “Poor livestock producers, the environment and the paradoxes of development policies” by Dr J P Pradère.

see the Activities/News page on this very site.

11 4 17

Latest news  from the UEAA Chairperson of the Electronic Working Group about the new UEAA commission: “agricultural education

This concerns all the UEAA members, please have a look and respond; see Activities/News page on this very site.

News from Italy : Accademia dei Georgofili’s Opening Ceremony of the 264th Academic Year

On Friday April 7th 2017 at 10.30 am, has taken place the Opening Ceremony of the 264th Academic Year in the Salone dei Cinquecento at Palazzo Vecchio (Firenze).

After the Mayor’s greetings and the President’s report,  Mr. Phil Hogan, European Commissioner of Agriculture and Rural Development has delivered a speech. During the Ceremony, diplomas have been delivered to new Ordinary and Corresponding Foreign, Emeritus ad Honorary Members; the “Antico Fattore” Prize and “Prosperitati Publicae Augendae” Prize were also awarded to winners. (http://www.georgofili.it/detail.asp?IDN=1654).



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