Answer – Proposed changes to the annexes to Directive 2000/29/EC on plant health – E-004975/2016

The Commission is considering a draft Implementing act updating the annexes to Directive 2000/29/EC(1), on the basis of recent pest risk analysis and discussions in working groups and in the Standing Committee for Plant, Animal, Food and Feed.

The update under consideration aims at reinforcing the phytosanitary protection at borders by adding several new harmful organisms which have not been regulated so far and which are not present within EU territory. In advance to the new plant health strategy, it is intended to broaden the scope of the current plant health Directive by adding several types of regulated plant material to the list of plants that need systematic import control. It also aims at strengthening several specific import and internal movement requirements, while remaining compliant with World Trade Organisation-Sanitary and Phytosanitary (WTO-SPS) rules. Any measures on imports of citrus fruits will better address the phytosanitary risks indicated in the pest risk analysis documents provided by the European Food Safety Authority and will take into account the WTO-SPS rules.

The draft Commission Decision, once finalised, would follow the normal consultation procedures, now also including one month stakeholder consultation.

(1) http://ec.europa.eu/food/plant/plant_health_biosecurity/legislation/index_en.htm

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