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Parliamentary questions
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13 March 2019
E-000358/2019(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-000358/2019

The Commission is aware of the two recent outbreaks of tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRV). Both outbreaks were notified by the concerned Member States and discussed in detail with the relevant technical Committee.

ToBRV is not regulated as a quarantine organism in the EU, as it is not included in the annexes to Council Directive 2000/29/EC(1). Whether this virus should be regulated at EU level as a quarantine organism is currently being discussed with the Member States, taking into account impacts on agricultural production. As the virus affects plant species, it is thought that there will be no human health-related risks.

The Commission supports research on new and emerging risks to plant health with dedicated topics published on a regular basis within relevant calls under the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation: Horizon 2020(2).

(1)Council Directive 2000/29/EC of 8 May 2000 on protective measures against the introduction into the Community of organisms harmful to plants or plant products and against their spread within the Community, OJ L 169, 10.7.2000, p. 1‐112.
(2)http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/wp/2018-2020/main/h2020-wp1820-food_en.pdf

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