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Parliamentary questions
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20 September 2018
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-004230/2018

Citrus fruits, one of the most regulated categories of fruits in the EU legislation, are subject to specific strict import requirements, based on the last amendment of Directive 2000/29/EC(1), applicable since 1 January 2018, against false codling moth for fruits and vegetables imported into the EU from territories where this pest is known to occur (African continent, Cape Verde, Saint Helena, Madagascar, La Reunion, Mauritius and Israel).

As the Commission pointed out in its reply to the Written Question E-003216/2018, South Africa communicated to the Commission a set of measures describing the requirements for each step of the production process, to achieve absence of the false codling moth in citrus fruit consignments exported to the EU. The measures have been evaluated, together with the results of previous Commission audits to South Africa and their follow-up. It was concluded that the South African approach can offer the necessary guarantees.

The Commission is monitoring closely the import interceptions, together with the Member States, in order to assess if the approach chosen by South Africa to ensure pest freedom is confirmed by the inspection results at arrival in the EU. The situation is evaluated in order to decide if any further import restrictions of citrus fruits from South Africa — or from any other non-EU country — are deemed justified.

(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.

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