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Parliamentary question - E-013689/2015Parliamentary question

Cases of black spot disease in citrus imports from South Africa and Argentina

Question for written answer E-013689-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Clara Eugenia Aguilera García (S&D)

The latest official statistics show the number of cases of black spot disease detected in the period up to September 2015 to be far in excess of the five cases maximum set in Decision 2014/422/EU.

In view of the scale of the problems created by the arrival of the Xylella fastidiosa bacterium, the damage this has already wreaked in Italy and the risk of its spreading to other parts of the EU, it is surprising that, far from learning from this, people are now playing with the future of the EU’s citrus sector.

Since the maximum number of detected cases of this infestation set in the decision of 2 July 2014 has now been exceeded in citrus fruit from South Africa: