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Short report of the meeting held on 26-27 October 2000 [00/11]

Chairman: Mr Vereecke

All Member States present, except L.

1. Discussion on comments made by WTO members, on draft Commission Decision submitted to the WTO Secretariat, 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.

The Commission (DG Health and Consumer Protection - SANCO E.1) and a representative of a Member State informed SCPH on the results of the ad hoc meeting of the Expert Working Group on Wood Packing held on 16 October 2000 in San Diego, USA.

The Committee proceeded afterwards to a discussion on the comments received in writing as a result of the comment period under the Agreement on the application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary measures, on the above draft Commission Decision. The Commission (SANCO E.1) will further evaluate the comments made in the Committee.

2. Discussion on information submitted by Canada on "The Heat treated Kiln-Dried Lumber Program for Canadian Softwood Lumber exported to the EU".

The Commission (SANCO E.1) presented the information supplied by Canada on the above Programme in response to some queries raised by the Committee in its meeting of 28-29.9.2000. The Committee welcomed the information and replies and a more indepth discussion thereon took place, in particular on the procedures for the inspection/release in the EU of lumber consignments under the new marking system which will not have the conventional Heat-Treatment Certificate using Kiln facility. The Committee concluded that more time is needed for a detailed study on the latter issue. Therefore it was agreed that this item would be further discussed in a forthcoming meeting of the SCPH.

3. Commission Decision amending Commission Decision 93/467/EEC authorising Member States to provide for derogations from certain provisions of Council Directive 2000/29/EC, in respect of oak ( Quercus L.) logs with bark attached, originating in Canada or the United States of America.

The Decision would authorise Member States to continue to import oak ( Quercus L.) logs with bark attached until 31 December 2002, originating in Canada or the United States of America, under certain conditions to prevent the risk of harmful organisms spreading.

Voting: favourable opinion by unanimity

4. - Presentation of results of inspections made by F on Vitis plants imported from Switzerland pursuant to Commission Decision 2000/189/EC

- Commission Decision authorising the Member States temporarily to provide for derogations from certain provisions of Council Directive 2000/29/EC in respect of plants of Vitis L., other than fruits, originating in Switzerland

The Committee noted the information supplied by F on the results of the inspections made on Vitis plants imported from Switzerland pursuant to Commission Decision 2000/189/EC. The imports complied with the provisions of the above Decision.

The Decision would authorise Member States to import plants of Vitis L., other than fruits, in the period between 1 February 2001 and 15 March 2001, originating in Switzerland, under certain conditions to prevent the risk of harmful organisms spreading.

Voting: favourable opinion by unanimity

5. Discussion on draft Commission Decision authorising Member States temporarily to provide for derogations from Council Directive 2000/29/EC in respect of potatoes, other than potatoes intended for planting, originating in Cuba.

The Commission (SANCO E.1) presented a draft Commission Decision authorising Member States to import potatoes, other than potatoes intended for planting, originating in the provinces of Ciego de Avila, La Habana, Matanzas or Pinar del Río in Cuba under certain conditions to prevent the risk of harmful organisms spreading. This draft text was made in response to a request from a Member State and was based on a mission report carried out in Cuba by SANCO F.4. The Committee noted the information and some suggestions were made during the discussion.

The Committee noted the intention of the Commission (SANCO E.1) to prepare and present a modified draft Commission Decision on the above subject for voting in the next SCPH.

6. Presentation and discussion on "Progress report on eradication of bacterial ring rot and PSTV" for the potato harvest 1999, supplied by Canada.

The Commission (SANCO E.1) presented the progress report on the eradication of potato ring rot and PSTV in Canada, submitted by Canada in relation to the 1999 potato crop. The Committee expressed its satisfaction with the results of the said report.

7. Presentation of results of Working group meetings on Protected Zones and on Rhizomania.

The Commission (SANCO E.1) presented the conclusions of the Working group meetings on Protected Zones and on Rhizomania and a proposal for modification of the current provisions of Directive 2000/29/EC in respect of protected zones established for Rhizomania.

The Committee concluded that some more time is needed to study the above proposal.

8. Miscellaneous

1. The Committee noted some updated information on the presence of potato brown rot in the EU.

2. DK informed the Committee of its preference for no longer maintaining the status of DK as a "protected zone" in respect of Bemisia tabaci (European populations).

Liste of participants

Comité phytosanitaire permanent (organismes nuisibles) Date : 26-27 oct. 2000

Etat Membre

Ministère ou Organisme

Nombre de personnes

Commission

DG SANCO E.1, F.4

6

B

Ministère de l'Agriculture

1

DK

Ministère de l'Agriculture

1

D

Ministère de l'Agriculture

1

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

2

L

Ministère de l'Agriculture

0

NL

Ministère de l'Agriculture

2

A

Ministère de l'Agriculture

3

P

Ministère de l'Agriculture

1

FIN

Ministère de l'Agriculture

1

S

Ministère de l'Agriculture

2

UK

Ministère de l'Agriculture

3



 
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