Publication of the EU measures against Xylella fastidiosa
Following the recent outbreak of Xylella fastidiosa (EPPO A1 List) in Italy (EPPO RS 2013/184), specific phytosanitary measures have been published by the European Union to prevent the introduction and spread of the bacterium in the EU territory. EU member states will have to conduct annual surveys to verify the presence or absence of X. fastidiosa. The detailed and specific measures which should be taken in infected areas, as well as in the case of new outbreaks, are specified. Restrictions on the movements of known host plants of X. fastidiosa (listed in an Annex) within the EU are also provided. The introduction of plants for planting, other than seeds, of Coffea originating from Costa Rica and Honduras, is prohibited, and restrictions on the introduction of listed host plants from third countries are specified. The full text of the EU Decision can be downloaded from the Internet:
Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2015/789 of 18 May 2015 as regards measures to prevent the introduction into and the spread within the Union of Xylella fastidiosa (Wells et al.) (notified under document C(2015) 3415).
EPPO Secretariat (2015-07).