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Short report of the meeting held on 29- 30 January 2001 [01/01]

Chairman: Mr Checchi Lang (only for item 1), Mr Vereecke

All MS present.

For the purpose of the votes DK mandates S.

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.

A final discussion took place on a draft text concerning temporary emergency measures to be applied by the whole Community in respect of the introduction into the EC of wood packing material comprised in whole or in part of non-manufactured coniferous wood originating in Canada, China, Japan and the USA. This is in response to interceptions of Bursaphelenchus xylophilus (Steiner et Buhrer) Nickle et al. (PWN), on the above wood originating in the above mentioned countries, and taking into account, amongst other, suggestions for technical changes made by some of the above countries to the EC draft measures during and after the WTO Agreement commenting period. The EC measures, which consist of heat treatment (56°C/30'), chemical pressure impregnation or fumigation, to be proven by marking the wood (and are similar to those envisaged in a draft International Standard on non-manufactured wood packing currently being developed by FAO) have an implementing date of 1 October 2001.

Voting: favourable opinion by unanimity

Commission Decision requiring MS temporarily to take additional measures against the dissemination of Bursaphelenchus xylophilus (Steiner et Bührer) Nickle et al. as regards areas in Portugal, other than those in which Bursaphelenchus xylophilus (Steiner et Bührer) Nickle et al. is known not to occur.

The Commission (SANCO E.1) presented a revised draft text authorising MS to continue to take additional measures against the dissemination of PWN as regards demarcated areas in P. These measures refer to movement of wood, isolated bark and host plants within demarcated areas in P and from these areas in other areas of P and other MS, as well as measures to be taken by P to control the spread of PWN with the aim of eradication.

Voting: favourable opinion by unanimity

Commission Decision authorising the MS to provide for derogations from certain provisions of Council Directive 2000/29/EC in respect of potatoes, other than potatoes intended for planting, originating in New Zealand.

The Commission would authorise to continue to import potatoes, other than potatoes intended for planting, in the period between 1 March 2001 and 31 August 2001, originating in New Zealand, under certain conditions to prevent the risk of harmful organisms spreading.

Voting: favourable opinion by unanimity

Discussion on information received from MS on results of surveys carried out in respect of the presence of Erwinia amylovora.

E, F, IRL, I, A and P reported on the results of the surveys carried out in their respective Protected Zones (PZ) in respect of Erwinia amylovora. They informed the Committee on their position on whether the status of PZ recognised by Commission Decision 92/76/EC (related to their respective countries) should be maintained or modified for whole or part of their territory.

The Commission indicated that a draft text on the recognition of PZ in respect of Erwinia amylovora for the above MSs will be presented in the next meeting of the SCPH.

Discussion on measures taken by P on the movements of apples, when traded in large packing units, from E and F to avoid the spread of Erwinia amylovora.

The Commission (SANCO E.1) invited the MS concerned to explain their respective position on the measures taken by P in respect of the movements of apple and pear fruits, coming from Spain and France, in crates exceeding 25 Kilos. Commission suggested, with a view to find a solution, to organise a meeting with P, E and F in February, in Brussels. This was accepted.

Presentation and discussion of SANCO F.4 mission programme for the first semester of 2001.

The Commission (SANCO F.4) presented the mission programme for the first semester 2001. It covers in particular missions in respect of audits of the plant health system in the potato sector, PWN nematode surveys carried out by MS and the phytosanitary status of harmful organisms in candidate Eastern Europe Countries.

Miscellaneous

In response to the concerns expressed by some MS about the interceptions of Ralstonia solanacearum on Pelargonium pot plants imported from Kenya, Commission (SANCO E.1) proposed to address this issue in one of the forthcoming SCPH meetings.

D informed the SCPH that soon the results of studies on the possible correlation between the Sudden Death Oak Disease (detected in California) and the Phytophthora spp. on Rhododendron, actually detected in NL, will be available for the Committee.

In response to the request of E, the Commission (SANCO E.1) informed the Committee that the situation of Pepino Mosaic Virus in Europe will be discussed in one of the forthcoming meetings.

In response to a query of the UK, on a possibility to authorise a derogation to import Lime leaves for culinary purposes, the Commission (SANCO E.1) indicated that technical work thereon will be resumed.

List of participants

Comité phytosanitaire permanent (organismes nuisibles) Date: 29-30 Janvier. 2001

Etat Membre

Ministère ou Organisme

Nombre de personnes

Commission

DG SANCO E.1, F.4, E.3

7

B

Ministère de l'Agriculture

2

DK

Ministère de l'Agriculture

1

D

Ministère de l'Agriculture

3

EL

Ministère de l'Agriculture

1

E

Ministère de l'Agriculture

2

F

Ministère de l'Agriculture

2

IRL

Ministère de l'Agriculture

2

I

Ministère de l'Agriculture

7

L

Ministère de l'Agriculture

1

NL

Ministère de l'Agriculture

2

A

Ministère de l'Agriculture

2

P

Ministère de l'Agriculture

4

FIN

Ministère de l'Agriculture

1

S

Ministère de l'Agriculture

2

UK

Ministère de l'Agriculture

3

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