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Document 32020L0432

Commission Implementing Directive (EU) 2020/432 of 23 March 2020 amending Council Directive 2002/55/EC with regard to the definition of vegetables and the list of genera and species in Article 2(1)(b) (Text with EEA relevance)


OJ L 88, 24.3.2020, p. 3–7 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)




Official Journal of the European Union

L 88/3


of 23 March 2020

amending Council Directive 2002/55/EC with regard to the definition of vegetables and the list of genera and species in Article 2(1)(b)

(Text with EEA relevance)


Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Council Directive 2002/55/EC of 13 June 2002 on the marketing of vegetable seed (1), and in particular Article 2(2) thereof,



In Commission Implementing Directive (EU) 2019/990 (2), which amended Article 2(1)(b) of Directive 2002/55/EC, the definition of ‘vegetables’ preceding the table in that Article was erroneously deleted. As a result, Article 2(1)(b) of Directive 2002/55/EC no longer contains a definition of ‘vegetables’, which is an essential part of that Directive.


Directive 2002/55/EC should therefore be corrected accordingly.


For reasons of legal certainty, the transposition date set out in this Directive should match the transposition date set out in Implementing Directive (EU) 2019/990.


The measures provided for in this Directive are in accordance with the opinion of the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed,


Article 1

Amendment to Directive 2002/55/EC

Directive 2002/55/EC is amended as set out in the Annex to this Directive.

Article 2


1.   Member States shall adopt and publish, by 30 June 2020 at the latest, the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with this Directive. They shall immediately inform the Commission thereof.

They shall apply those provisions from 1 July 2020.

When Member States adopt those provisions, they shall contain a reference to this Directive or be accompanied by such a reference on the occasion of their official publication. Member States shall determine how such reference is to be made.

2.   Member States shall communicate to the Commission the text of the main provisions of national law which they adopt in the field covered by this Directive.

Article 3


This Directive is addressed to the Member States.

Done at Brussels, 23 March 2020.

For the Commission

The President


(1)  OJ L 193, 20.7.2002, p. 33.

(2)  Commission Implementing Directive (EU) 2019/990 of 17 June 2019 amending the list of genera and species in Article 2(1)(b) of Council Directive 2002/55/EC, in Annex II to Council Directive 2008/72/EC and in the Annex to Commission Directive 93/61/EEC (OJ L 160, 18.6.2019, p. 14).


In Directive 2002/55/EC, point (b) of Article 2(1) is replaced by the following:


“vegetables”: means plants of following species intended for agricultural or horticultural production, but not for ornamental uses:

Allium cepa L.

Cepa Group (Onion, Echalion)

Aggregatum Group (Shallot)

Allium fistulosum L. (Japanese bunching onion or Welsh onion)

all varieties

Allium porrum L. (Leek)

all varieties

Allium sativum L. (Garlic)

all varieties

Allium schoenoprasum L. (Chives)

all varieties

Anthriscus cerefolium (L.) Hoffm. (Chervil)

all varieties

Apium graveolens L.

Celery Group

Celeriac Group

Asparagus officinalis L. (Asparagus)

all varieties

Beta vulgaris L.

Garden Beet Group (Beetroot including Cheltenham beet)

Leaf Beet Group (Spinach beet or Chard)

Brassica oleracea L.

Kale Group

Cauliflower Group

Capitata Group (Red cabbage and White cabbage)

Brussel Sprouts Group

Kohlrabi Group

Savoy Cabbage Group

Broccoli Group (calabrese type and sprouting type)

Palm Kale Group

Tronchuda Group (Portuguese cabbage)

Brassica rapa L.

Chinese Cabbage Group

Vegetable Turnip Group

Capsicum annuum L. (Chili or Pepper)

all varieties

Cichorium endivia L. (Endive)

all varieties

Cichorium intybus L.

Witloof Chicory Group

Leaf Chicory Group (Large-leaved chicory or Italian chicory)

Industrial (Root) Chicory Group

Citrullus lanatus (Thunb.) Matsum. et Nakai (Watermelon)

all varieties

Cucumis melo L. (Melon)

all varieties

Cucumis sativus L.

Cucumber Group

Gherkin Group

Cucurbita maxima Duchesne (Gourd)

all varieties

Cucurbita pepo L. (Marrow, including mature pumpkin and scallop squash, or Courgette, including immature scallop squash)

all varieties

Cynara cardunculus L.

Globe Artichoke Group

Cardoon Group

Daucus carota L. (Carrot and Fodder Carrot)

all varieties

Foeniculum vulgare Mill. (Fennel)

Azoricum Group

Lactuca sativa L. (Lettuce)

all varieties

Solanum lycopersicum L. (Tomato)

all varieties

Petroselinum crispum (Mill.) Nyman ex A. W. Hill

Leaf Parsley Group

Root Parsley Group

Phaseolus coccineus L. (Runner bean)

all varieties

Phaseolus vulgaris L.

Dwarf French Bean Group

Climbing French Bean Group

Pisum sativum L.

Round Pea Group

Wrinkled Pea Group

Sugar Pea Group

Raphanus sativus L.

Radish Group

Black Radish Group

Rheum rhabarbarum L. (Rhubarb)

all varieties

Scorzonera hispanica L. (Scorzonera or Black salsify)

all varieties

Solanum melongena L. (Aubergine or Eggplant)

all varieties

Spinacia oleracea L. (Spinach)

all varieties

Valerianella locusta (L.) Laterr. (Corn salad or Lamb’s lettuce)

all varieties

Vicia faba L. (Broad bean)

all varieties

Zea mays L.

Sweet Corn Group

Popcorn Group

All hybrids of the species and Groups listed above.’