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Plant health and biosecurity

EU rules on plant health aim to protect crops, fruits, vegetables, flowers, ornamentals and forests from harmful pests and diseases (harmful organisms) by preventing their introduction into the EU or their spread within the EU. This aim helps to:

  • contribute to sustainable agricultural and horticultural production through plant health protection;
  • contribute to the protection of public and private green spaces, forests and the natural landscape.

The Council Directive 2000/29/EC provides the basis for this aim. The general principles are based upon provisions laid down in the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC).

Directive 2000/29/EC is supported by further legislation in the form of a number of Control Directives and Emergency Measures.

In order to meet this aim, the EU: