The Commission's training targets field inspectors and national authority officials involved in planning and policy-making from EU and candidate countries. It focuses on:
- potato control requirements;
- inspections under the plant passport regime;
- import controls;
- inspections required by emergency decisions;
- control of wood packaging.
EU inspections show that a number of EU countries have not implemented EU potato control requirements. There are differences in the national approaches to internal controls and controls on plant imports, and discrepancies in the handling of outbreaks of new pests.
The EU's emergency decisions lay down requirements to be met before issuing plant passports. EU countries must organise surveys to assess whether their territories are free from specific harmful organisms.
In recent years, numerous consignments with wood packaging contained harmful organisms. EU countries' plant health services are now responsible for authorising facilities to treat wood packaging.