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Procedure : 2013/0141(COD)
Document stages in plenary
Document selected : A8-0293/2016

Texts tabled :


Debates :

PV 25/10/2016 - 18
CRE 25/10/2016 - 18

Votes :

PV 26/10/2016 - 6.6
CRE 26/10/2016 - 6.6

Texts adopted :


Tuesday, 25 October 2016 - Strasbourg Revised edition

18. Protective measures against pests of plants (debate)
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  Anthea McIntyre, rapporteur . – Madam President, let me thank everyone who has participated in this debate. I think we all recognise the importance of bio-security to the EU. This agreement modernises the regime, both for imports from third countries and for intra-EU movements of plants and plant products. It strengthens surveillance, eradication and containment and improves prevention at import. And it does this without needlessly burdening growers or the horticulture trade.

The strengthened surveillance elements in this agreement are particularly important. Currently, co-financing is limited to costs for eradication and containment but not surveillance. The new regime introduces annual surveys to check for the presence of pests and also the listing of a new category of union quarantine pests. For trade, the delegation of responsibilities to private operators to issue plant passports has been a major step forward. The new rules aim to restore trust in the system by harmonising the format for passport information and extending the scope to cover all plants for planting except for certain seeds.

This agreement has undergone years of negotiations. We adopted a first reading position in April 2014 and, thanks to the tireless work of the shadows, over seven trilogues, we finally reached agreement just before Christmas. The agreement we reached strikes the right balance: protecting trade while allowing us to respond to threats in a coordinated and effective way across the EU. It is crucial to protect European agriculture and forestry from pests and diseases, and it is essential to put in place this legislative framework with its new stronger provisions without further delay.

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