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Food and Feed Safety (22-02-2010)

Conference seeks ways to modernise the plant health legislation of the European Union

The European Commission is organising the conference "Modernising the Common Plant Health Regime in view of globalisation and climate change" taking place in Brussels on Tuesday, February 23 and Wednesday, February 24.

The aim of the conference is to explore ways to modernise the European Union's plant health legislation, which should prevent invasive plant pests and diseases from entering into and spreading in the EU. The plant health legislation is an important instrument to ensure sustainable agriculture and forestry: prevention is better than cure. Challenges are to adapt the regime, which dates back to 1977, to the new realities of globalised trade, climate change and increasing threats to forests, parks, gardens and the natural landscape from invading pests.

The conference is organised within the framework of the evaluation of the Common Plant Health Regime. Participants include Member State authorities, scientists, representatives of international non-governmental organisations and stakeholders from the private sector.

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