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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 esdadeelfritnlptfisvpdf.gif (423 bytes)(+/-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 in April 2001 esdadeelfritnlptfisvpdf.gif (423 bytes)(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 defr

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 defr.

In addition to the development of plant health legislation, the Directorate General for Health and Consumer Protection is also responsible for:

  • EU Inspections and controls of the effective and uniform application of plant health controls in the Member States as undertaken by the Food and Veterinary Office.
  • Management of the Regulatory Committee, i.e. the Standing Committee on Plant Health, where representatives of the Member States discuss issues in relation to plant health matters and give opinions on measures the Commission proposes to adopt in this area.

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