European plant health policy is one of the major policy dossiers for Europatat. The association is supporting the free trade of seed and ware potatoes with respect of the plant health legislation, which intends to prevent or eradicate the presence of a number of harmful organisms such as Ralstonia, Clavibacter, Synchitrium, Globodera, Colorado beetle and others.
Plant health reform
Regulation 2016/2031/EU on protective measures against pests of plants will come into force on 14 December 2019. In the meantime, many Implementing and Delegates acts will have to be adopted to provide the practical details of the new rules. In parallel, and given the increased attention given by the European Commission on plant health matters, the annexes of Directive 2000/29 are also under scrutiny, to reinforce some of the existing criteria, as well as incorporate new quarantine organisms in the legislation.
The European Commission has already adopted the harmonised format specifications of plant passports for introduction and movement within protected zone (Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2313). The date of application is 14 December 2019.
Regulation 2017/625/EU on official controls and other official activities performed to ensure the application of food and feed law, rules on animal health and welfare, plant health and plant protection products, was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 7 April 2017 and entered into force 20 days after its publication, on 27 April 2017. The rules will be gradually phased in, to give EU coun¬tries and industry the time to adapt. For the majority of the rules the application date is 14 December 2019. A number of implementing and delegated acts will have to be adopted.
Europatat is following the changes introduced by the new legislation, and, with the technical support of members, actively contributes to providing input to the European Commission. A close follow of the implementing acts on plant health certificate and on high risk products, official controls, as well as the search for better reciprocity with third country partners are some of the key priorities and actions for Europatat in the coming months.