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Plant health – harmful organisms
To ensure adequate protection of plants and plant products within the internal market, a Community plant health regime was set up in 1993 (Council Directive 77/93/EEC, consolidated in Council Directive 2000/29/EC(+/-450KB). The Directive sets out measures protecting against the introduction of organisms harmful to plants and plant products from outside the Community and against their spread within the Community.
The European Commission has put forward a proposal to amend this Directive inApril 2001 (82KB). The proposal aims, amongst others, to strengthen the controls on plants and plant products imported from third countries, and to reinforce the co-operation between plant protection and custom services at national level, as well as between the plant protection services of EU countries.
Press release : EU Plant Health Regime improved to reduce risk of importing harmful organisms, 28 November 2002
Additional legislative measures aim to eradicate harmful organisms that are of particular concern, and set out strict conditions for the import of specific commodities such as wood packing .
In addition to the development of plant health legislation, the Directorate General for Health and Consumer Protection is also responsible for: