EU committee slams plant health proposals
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has criticised proposals for a revision of plant health rules as risking the EU’s “good record” and potentially leading to producers having to spend more to combat diseases and pests. It raises concerns over: the requirement for farmers to remove quarantine pests; streamlining of procedures; conflicts with the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC); and the removal of plant passports for end users. The European Commission’s planned revision of the rules aims to combat the increase in new plant pests due to climate change and globalisation of trade, and is part of a package of proposals covering seeds and animal health (Agrow No 687, p 18). The EESC is consulted as part of the legislative process.