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Parliamentary questions
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15 January 2019
Question for written answer E-000160-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Ana Miranda (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  Spread of nematodes in Galicia and Portugal
 Answer in writing 

Southern Galicia, specifically 25 municipalities in the province of Pontevedra, is being beset by severe nematode infestation, caused by tiny worms that attack pine trees, eventually making them wither up. The situation is made more serious by the fact that the pests can be spread a long way through the traffic of goods.

From the industrial point of view, the economic impact of the infestation is making itself strongly felt, since 15 out of the 19 sawmills in the area affected are in quarantine and for the last eight years have been subject to an FAO standard, International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures No 15, known as ISPM 15, whereby wood has to be heat-treated until its core reaches 56 °C for 30 minutes.

— Is the Commission aware of this environmental plight which is already affecting Galicia and could spill over into Portugal?— Do the Spanish and Portuguese authorities have a coordinated emergency plan to prevent the nematodes from spreading? — Does the Commission consider the measures and resources put in place to be sufficient? Has it assessed their results?

Given the worrying economic situation in the forestry sector, will the Commission put forward any programme to offset the losses?

Original language of question: PT 
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