Reports to the European Parliament and to the Council on import measures and plant passports

Reports to the European Parliament and to the Council on import measures and plant passports

EU rules on plant health contribute to sustainable agricultural and horticultural production as well as the protection of public and private green spaces, forests and the natural landscape. They also aim to ensure safe trade, as well as to mitigate the impacts of climate change on the health of our crops and forests. These rules were updated and reinforced by the entry into application of the Plant Health Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/2031), on 14 December 2019.

Article 50 of this Regulation requests the European Commission to report to the European Parliament and the Council on the enforcement and effectiveness of measures relating to imports into the Union territory, and to include a cost-benefit analysis. The report should be accompanied, if appropriate, by a legislative proposal.

Article 79 of this Regulation requests the European Commission to report to the European Parliament and the Council on the experience gained from the extension of the plant passport system to all movements of plants for planting within the Union territory and to include a cost-benefit analysis for the operators. The report should be accompanied, if appropriate, by a legislative proposal.

These two reports have to be presented to the European Parliament and the Council by 14 December 2021.

As a first step, and in order to collect the necessary data, a set of questionnaires has been prepared:

  • For the report on import measures (Art. 50) the questionnaires address the main elements of the plant health import conditions (certification, procedures, prohibitions and official controls) and how these conditions affect the plant health authorities, the operators and the public.

  • For the report on plant passports (Art 79) the questionnaire focuses on the experiences with the extended plant passport system and its main elements, the impacts thereof on the plant health authorities and operators, and its contribution to the protection of the EU against plant health risks.

The questionnaires are very user-friendly and easily accessible. Your input is of the utmost importance, as it will be the basis for the preparation of the reports and for any discussions or initiatives for the plant health sector.

Thank you very much for dedicating your time to completing the relevant questionnaire(s), available using the following links:

  1. Questionnaires on import measures

    If you are a private EU citizen (for example, if you like plants and sometimes like to bring some home when travelling abroad, or if you like doing your purchases online), please access the Questionnaire on phytosanitary certificates (PC)

    If you are an Operator or a National Association based in the EU, please access the questionnaires on the links, below:

    Please provide your input by 9 May 2021.

    For any questions or clarifications, please send an email to JRC-LIST-SANTE-ART.50@ec.europa.eu

  2. Questionnaire on plant passports

    If you are a private EU citizen (for example, if you like plants and buy some for your home or garden in the garden centres or if you like doing your purchases online), or if you are an Operator or a National Association based in the EU, please access the Questionnaire on plant passports (PP).

    Please provide your input by 9 May 2021.

    For any questions or clarifications, please send an email to JRC-LIST-SANTE-ART.79@ec.europa.eu