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Short report of the meeting held on 28-29 September 2000 [00/10]

Chairman: Mr Vereecke

All Member States present, except L.

1. Discussion on a draft Commission Decision on temporary emergency measures in respect of wood packing comprised in whole or in part of non-manufactured coniferous wood originating in Canada, China, Japan and the USA.

As a result of the commenting period under the Agreement on the application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary measures, on the above draft measures, the Commission received some comments in writing, which were presented to the Standing Committee on Plant Health by the Commission (DG Health and Consumer Protection - SANCO E.1)

Due to the late submission of some comments and the technical nature thereof, it was agreed to examine them more closely and to arrange for a more indepth discussion at the next meeting of the SCPH.

2. Presentation and discussion of a report prepared by DG Health and Consumer Protection - SANCO F.4 on a mission to Portugal in respect of pinewood nematode.

The Commission (SANCO F.4) presented a report on a mission to Portugal in respect of pinewood nematode. Emphasis was made on the results of the surveys carried out in the affected zone as well as in the other parts of mainland P, the eradication programme, the vector control, and the monitoring activities set up to ensure the effectiveness and credibility of the procedure followed by the different teams involved in this issue. Moreover the Committee was informed on some specific research topics dealing with the relationship between pinewood nematode and its host plants.

3. Exchange of views on information supplied by Canada on forestry related plant health matters

The Commission (SANCO E.1) presented the information supplied recently by Canada in respect of "The Heat Treated Kiln-Dried Lumber Program for Canadian softwood lumber exported to the EU". This program is in a final stage of discussion between the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Canadian Lumber Standards Accreditation Bureau. With this paperless certification system, each piece of softwood lumber from Canada will have an unique HT-KD stamp or label, including Mill number and grading agency marking.

The Committee noted the information, but requested some more time for detailed study. Therefore it was agreed that this item will be further discussed in a forthcoming meeting of the SCPH.

4. Commission Decision authorising Member States to provide for derogations from certain provisions of Council Directive 2000/29/EC in respect of plants of strawberry ( Fragaria L.), intended for planting, other than seeds, originating in the Republic of Chile

The Decision would authorise Member States to import plants of strawberry ( Fragaria L.), intended for planting, other than seeds, in the period between 1 June 2001 and 30 September 2001, originating in the Republic of Chile, under certain conditions to prevent the risk of harmful organisms spreading.

Voting: favourable opinion by unanimity

5. Exchange of views on the situation of Ciborinia camelliae in the EU and on the possible phytosanitary measures to be envisaged.

The Committee noted updated information on the situation of Ciborinia camelliae in some Member States.

The Committee discussed on the possible phytosanitary measures to be envisaged in respect of the quarantine status of the above fungus.

The Commission (SANCO E.1) will consider the points noted during these discussions in its preparation of a modification of the relevant Annexes to Directive 2000/29/EC.

6. Further discussion on Pest risk analysis (pra) carried out by UK and on possible phytosanitary measures to be envisaged for Miscanthus rhizomes from Dominica.

The Committee noted that, although useful information on the pest risk analysis on Miscanthus rhizomes is at present available, additional information is needed to complete the said pest risk analysis. In this respect a questionnaire will be prepared by the Commission in cooperation with the UK and sent to the Dominican phytosanitary authorities.

7. Exchange of views on phytosanitary measures currently listed in Directive 2000/29/EC as regards Petunia.

Pursuant to Directive 2000/29/EC, the introduction of plants of Petunia L., as part of the Solanaceae family, intended for planting, other than seeds, is currently prohibited from third countries, other than European and Mediterranean countries. However, the introduction of such plants for trial, or scientific purposes and for work on varietal selection is allowed under certain conditions pursuant to Directive 95/44/EC.

On request of a Member State, a harmonized protocol for import of plants of Petunia L. in the framework of Directive 95/44/EC will be prepared by the Commission in cooperation with the Member States.

8. Further discussion on phytosanitary measures as regards Impatiens necrotic spotted virus.

The Committee confirmed its position, that at the time of the completion of the Community plant health regime in the context of the internal market, Impatiens necrotic spot virus was considered to be the Impatiens strain of Tomato spotted wilt virus. Impatiens necrotic spot virus should thus still be considered to be covered by Tomato spotted wilt virus as mentioned in Annex IB and IIAII of Directive 2000/29/EC. It further notes the activities on the review of the taxonomy of tospovirus. Any modification in respect thereof, will be considered in the light of the outcome of the said review.

9. Miscellaneous

1. The Committee was informed on new scientific information on Fusarium circinatum (pitch canker on Pinus) and its transmission by seed. It was stressed that it clearly represents a mechanism by which pitch canker can be transmitted over long distances and introduced into new areas. This item will be discussed in a forthcoming meeting of the SCPH.

2. The Committee noted some updated information on the presence of potato ring rot in the EU.

3. A informed the Committee of their intention to charge fees for carrying out phytosanitary import inspections as from 1 October 2000 on.

4. The Committee was informed on a summary PRA made by the UK on a new Phytophthora species which could be the cause of the death of Quercus trees in California (USA). This item will be discussed in a forthcoming meeting of the SCPH.

Liste of participants

Comité phytosanitaire permanent (organismes nuisibles) Date : 28-29 sept. 2000

Etat Membre

Ministère ou Organisme

Nombre de personnes

Commission

DG SANCO E.1, F.4

6

B

Ministère de l'Agriculture

2

DK

Ministère de l'Agriculture

1

D

Ministère de l'Agriculture

2

EL

Ministère de l'Agriculture

1

E

Ministère de l'Agriculture

1

F

Ministère de l'Agriculture

2

IRL

Ministère de l'Agriculture

2

I

Ministère de l'Agriculture

1

L

Ministère de l'Agriculture

0

NL

Ministère de l'Agriculture

1

A

Ministère de l'Agriculture

3

P

Ministère de l'Agriculture

5

FIN

Ministère de l'Agriculture

1

S

Ministère de l'Agriculture

2

UK

Ministère de l'Agriculture

3



 
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