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Parliamentary questions
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12 February 2015
Question for written answer E-002396-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Raffaele Fitto (PPE)

 Subject:  The Xylella fastidiosa crisis
 Answer in writing 

During the course of its regular testing procedures in 2013, the Phytosanitary Monitoring Centre of the Region of Puglia detected the bacteria Xylella fastidiosa on several olive plants in the province of Lecce. 260 000 hectares are now infected with the disease, the spread of which is proving catastrophic for the entire agricultural industry in the region of Salento.

As the problem is persisting, and the Italian authorities have not yet provided an adequate response:
1. What measures does the Commission intend to take to safeguard agricultural and nursery crops in Puglia and Salento, particularly considering that the spread of the pathogen is in fact preventing exports of nursery stock, including rooted vines, scientifically proven to be free of the bacteria?
2. What measures does it intend to take to ensure that Italy draws up an emergency action plan to tackle the Xylella crisis?
3. What measures does it intend to take to ensure compensation and restoration of production potential for the agricultural businesses affected, and to provide the research and training required to tackle such a critical situation?
Original language of question: IT 
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