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Short report of the meeting held on 26-27 February 2001 [02/01]

Chairman: Mr Vereecke

All MS present, except L.

1. Discussion on information supplied by P on the results of surveys carried out in P, with a view to compile a list of "areas" in which pinewood nematode (PWN) is known not to occur.

P supplied information on the demarcated area composed of the zone affected by PWN and a buffer zone surrounding the affected zone, through the presentation of a map. The information was found useful and will enable the Commission to compile a list of areas in which the PWN is known not to occur pursuant to Article 5 of the draft "Commission Decision requiring Member States temporarily to take additional measures against the dissemination of Bursaphelenchus xylophilus (Steiner et Buhrer) Nickle et al. (the pinewood nematode) as regards areas in Portugal, other than those in which it is known not to occur". The Committee asked to intensify the inspection and sampling activities in two specific areas around Lisbon.

2. Further discussion on results of surveys carried out by MS in respect of the presence of Erwinia amylovora (E.a.)

Some MS presented an update of the situation of E.a. (a bacterial disease affecting apples, pears and many ornamental trees) in their respective countries. The Commission (DG Health and Consumer Protection - SANCO E.1) then presented a draft Directive recognising protected zones exposed to particular plant health risks in the Community and repealing Directive 92/76/EEC, and a draft Directive amending certain annexes to Council Directive 2000/29/EC on protective measures against the introduction into the Community of harmful organisms to plants or plant products and against their spread within the Community.

These draft Directives contain the relevant modifications to the provisions on protection against E.a., taking into account the updated situation of the distribution of E.a. within the Community. MS suggested some minor modifications to these texts, which will then be proposed for voting in a forthcoming meeting of the SCPH.

3. Presentation and discussion on results of meetings of working group " Erwinia amylovora".

The Commission (SANCO.E.1) presented the results of the discussions of a Commission working group on E. amylovora as regards modifications of the current provisions listed in the Annexes to Directive 2000/29/EC aiming at preventing the introduction into and/or the spread within the EU of E.a.

On the basis of the conclusions of this working group and the discussion within the SCPH, a draft Commission Directive amending certain Annexes to Council Directive 2000/29/EC will be presented in a forthcoming meeting of the SCPH, for further discussion and voting.

4. Report on discussion between Commission (SANCO E1) and P, F and E on the issue of 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) reported on the outcome of a discussion held between the Commission (SANCO E.1), P, F and E on the above subject. P announced the imminent repealing of their restrictive measures and E and F appreciated this intention.

The three MS agreed that the instruments adopted regarding instances of non-compliance with the EC measures will be applied in a pragmatic way within the legal framework of the Community plant health regime and taking into account the risk of spreading E.a., to avoid to the maximum extent possible trade distortions.

5. Review of Commission Decision 2000/325/EC on provisional measures taken against the introduction into, and the spread within the Community of Pepino mosaic virus as regards tomato plants, intended for planting, other than seeds.

The Commission (SANCO.E.1) summarised the information, received by MS, on the results of the surveys carried out last year on the presence of Pepino Mosaic Virus (PepMV) within their respective countries. Additional information on scientific research work performed in certain MS in particular on the transmission of PepMV, its survival on surfaces, its host plants and the level of damage to host plants was reported and discussed. It was noted that although some progress was made, there is still lack of scientific knowledge, namely as regards the virus transmission and the economical impact of the PepMV on Solanaceae crops.

It was further noted that MS expressed the opinion to extent the current Decision by one year. The Commission (SANCO E.1) will reflect thereon.

In the meantime, Commission (SANCO E.1) proposed to organise a Working Group, at scientific level, on the state of play of EU research on PepMV.

6. Further discussion and possible opinion on draft Commission Regulation establishing detailed rules for the implementation of the provisions relating to the allocation of a Community financial contribution for Member States in order to strengthen inspection infrastructures for plant health checks on plants and plant products coming from non-member countries.

Discussion postponed.

EUROPHYT: state of play of project in 2001.

The Commission (SANCO.A.4 and SANCO.F.4) presented the Global Implementation Plan (GIP, version 3.1) for the project EUROPHYT, whose finalisation is expected in 2002.

The Committee accepted the above GIP and expressed again its support to the project.

7. Miscellaneous.

A Japanese document, as a complement to the documents on the implementation of the EC measures on wood packing by Japan distributed, discussed and agreed in the SCPH of 18-19 December 2000, has been distributed to MS. It contains a model and format of a marking, which will be used by Japan on wood packing material destined to the EU, attesting to EC measures on wood packing carried out. The proposed marking was found to comply with the provisions of the Annex to the 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.

UK distributed a report drafted by Mr Burgess, participating as EU representative at the meeting on FAO International Standards on Wood Packing held in Mexico on 12-15 February 2001.

UK reported that Turkey is implementing specific quarantine measures as regards imported potatoes infected by Spongospora and Streptomyces ,.

D informed the Committee that China will implement new fumigation requirements as regards the import of beech wood.

E informed the Committee on an outbreak of Tecia solanivora (Potato Tuber Moth) on potatoes in the Canary Islands and distributed scientific information on the pest.

A reported the first appearance of Potato Ring Rot in the country.

EL reported on the results of the survey on PWN in the Greek forests: all the 200 samples taken were negative.

List of participants

Comité phytosanitaire permanent (organismes nuisibles) Date: 26-27 février 2001

Etat Membre

Ministère ou Organisme

Nombre de personnes

Commission

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

7

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

1

IRL

Ministère de l'Agriculture

2

I

Ministère de l'Agriculture

2

L

Ministère de l'Agriculture

-

NL

Ministère de l'Agriculture

2

A

Ministère de l'Agriculture

2

P

Ministère de l'Agriculture

2

FIN

Ministère de l'Agriculture

2

S

Ministère de l'Agriculture

1

UK

Ministère de l'Agriculture

2

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