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Short report of the meeting held on 19-20 March 2001 [03/01]

Chairman: Mr Vereecke

All MS present, except L.

For the purpose of the votes L mandates B.

1. Commission Directive recognising protected zones exposed to particular plant health risks in the Community and repealing Directive 92/76/EEC.

The provisional recognition of some modified protected zones in IRL, I and A in respect of Erwinia amylovora, and in UK in respect of Beet Necrotic Yellow Vein Virus, would be extended until 31 March 2002 to enable the responsible official bodies of the above MS to complete the information and the distribution of these harmful organisms, and to complete their efforts for the eradication of these harmful organisms in the relevant areas in the said MS. Moreover, for the sake of clarity, the Directive would include a consolidated list of protected zones, because Directive 92/76/EEC has been amended on a number of occasions, often substantially.

Vote: favourable opinion by qualified majority: 77 votes for and 10 abstentions.

2. Commission Directive amending certain annexes to Council Directive 2000/29/EC on protective measures against the introduction into the Community of organisms harmful to plants or plant products and against their spread within the Community.

The Commission (DG Health and Consumer Protection - SANCO E.1) presented a draft text amending certain Annexes to Council Directive 2000/29/EC, as a result of the modification of boundaries of some recognized protected zones in some MS.

Vote: favourable opinion by qualified majority: 77 votes for and 10 abstentions.

3. Assessment of the draft protocols for the EU comparative trials to be carried out on seeds and propagating material to be harvested in 2001.

An exchange of views took place on the above draft protocols presented by the Commission (SANCO E.1). Discussion mainly focused on the technical arrangements of the sampling and testing that may be carried out relating to harmful organisms under the plant health Directive 2000/29/EC, and on the follow-up actions in case of confirmation of the presence of harmful organisms.

4. Citrus

a) Discussion on draft Commission Decision amending Decision 98/83/EC recognising certain third countries and certain areas of third countries as being free of Xanthomonas campestris (all strains pathogenic to Citrus), Cercospora angolensis Carv. et Mendes and Guignardia citricarpa Kiely (all strains pathogenic to Citrus).

The Commission (SANCO E.1) presented a text aiming at modifying the list of third countries or of certain areas of third countries recognised as being free of Xanthomonas campestris or Guignardia citricarpa, on the basis of a recent update of the actual occurrence of both pathogens in some of the above areas or countries. MS expressed their positive views on it. This draft Commission Decision will be presented for voting in a forthcoming meeting of the Standing Committee on Plant Health.

b) Discussion on request of Brazil to recognise their certification scheme with respect to Citrus canker as equivalent to the relevant Community provisions laid down in Council Directive 2000/29/EC on citrus canker.

The Commission (SANCO E.1) presented the documentation supplied by the Brazilian authorities, in support of their request to have their certification scheme with respect to Citrus canker recognized as equivalent to the relevant Community provisions laid down in Council Directive 2000/29/EC on the said disease. Discussion focused on the technical aspects of the Brazilian certification scheme, in particular the monitoring activities thereof by the authorities. Further clarification will be sought from the Brazilian authorities.

c) Discussion on Pest risk assessment document received from South Africa for the review of the current Community phytosanitary regulations in respect of Citrus black spot to the export of fresh citrus fruit from South Africa to the EU.

The Commission (SANCO E.1) presented the above documentation supplied by the South-African authorities. Discussion focused on the technical aspects of the said documentation, in particular the elements of stage 2 - "Pest Risk Assessment". It was agreed to continue the technical discussion in a Commission working group to be convened later.

5. Further discussion on draft Commission Directive amending certain Annexes to Council Directive 2000/29/EC on protective measures against the introduction into the Community of organisms harmful ( Bemisia, Liriomyza spp.) to plants or plant products and against their spread within the Community.

The Commission (SANCO E.1) presented a revision of the above-mentioned draft Commission Directive. Some MS proposed again some amendments to the proposed text, which were discussed and agreed on. Consequently, the Commission (SANCO E.1) indicated that a modified draft Commission Directive will be presented for voting in a forthcoming meeting of the Standing Committee on Plant Health.

6. Report on working group "Regionalisation in respect of C eratitis capitata and EU exports to Japan".

The Commission (SANCO E.1) presented the results of the discussions of a Commission working group on the subject. The conclusions of the working group were discussed. MS were asked to provide the Commission (SANCO E.1) with additional information in writing on the present distribution of Ceratitis capitata in their territory. The Commission (SANCO E.1) will compile this information and may convene a second meeting of the working group in order to finalise the preparation of the case study - "Regionalisation in respect of C eratitis capitata and EU exports to Japan".

7. Miscellaneous.

UK informed the Committee about a forthcoming PRA on a new pest, the onion aphid ( Neotoxoptera formosana).

Turkey is implementing new quarantine measures as regards the import of potatoes as regards Spongospora and Streptomyces. In response to a query from two MS, the Commission (SANCO E.1) stated that the Turkish Authorities will be contacted on the issue in the margin of the EU-Turkey Sub-Committee on Agriculture and Fisheries for enlargement.

In response to a query from one MS on the proposed Chinese regulations on wood imports, the Commission (SANCO E.1) replied that, based on the information currently available, the measures seem to be applicable to all log imports into China.

List of participants

Comité phytosanitaire permanent (organismes nuisibles) Date : 19-20.03.2001

Etat Membre

Ministère ou Organisme

Participants

B

Ministère de l'Agriculture

2

DK

Ministère de l'Agriculture

1

D

Biologische Bundesanstalt für L. u. F.

1

EL

Ministère de l'Agriculture

1

E

Ministère de l'Agriculture

1

F

Ministère de l'Agriculture

1

IRL

Department of Agriculture and Food and Forestry

1

I

Ministère de l'Agriculture

2

NL

Plantenziektenkundige Dienst

2

A

Ministère de l'Agriculture

2

P

Direcçao-Geral de Protecçao das Culturas

1

FIN

Ministère de l'Agriculture

1

S

Swedish Board of Agriculture

1

UK

Ministère de l'Agriculture

2

European Commission - SANCO F.4

1

European Commission - SANCO E.1

3

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