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Parliamentary questions
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5 July 2019
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-000160/2019

Pine wood nematode is a regulated quarantine organism under the Council Directive 2000/29/EC on plant health(1). Its introduction and spread within the Union territory is therefore banned. Strict emergency measures are in place, as laid down under Commission Implementing Decision 2012/535/EU(2), with the aim to eradicate the pest and prevent its further spread in other parts of the Union territory. This also applies to Galicia where the first finding was notified in 2010.

Specific action plans have been drawn up by Portugal, where the pest is currently under containment and by Spain for the eradication of the relevant outbreak areas. The official control measures implemented by these Member States are closely monitored by the Commission and they are discussed within the relevant Standing Committee. Specific Commission audits are organised and reports are publically available(3).

EU co-financing opportunities are available under Regulation (EU) No 652/2014(4) for supporting the implementation of EU emergency measures in the outbreak areas, as well as to co-finance the operators for the market value of the destroyed plant material as part of the pine wood nematode control strategy.

(1)OJ L 169, 10.7.2000, p. 1‐112.
(2)OJ L 266, 2.10.2012, p. 42.
(4)OJ L 167, 30.6.2017, p. 39‐54.

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