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Document 32001D0441

2001/441/EC: Commission Decision of 29 May 2001 authorising Member States to provide for derogations from certain provisions of Council Directive 2000/29/EC in respect of plants of strawberry (Fragaria L.), intended for planting, other than seeds, originating in Argentina (notified under document number C(2001) 1485)

OJ L 155, 12.6.2001, p. 15–17 (ES, DA, DE, EL, EN, FR, IT, NL, PT, FI, SV)

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ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/dec/2001/441/oj

32001D0441

2001/441/EC: Commission Decision of 29 May 2001 authorising Member States to provide for derogations from certain provisions of Council Directive 2000/29/EC in respect of plants of strawberry (Fragaria L.), intended for planting, other than seeds, originating in Argentina (notified under document number C(2001) 1485)

Official Journal L 155 , 12/06/2001 P. 0015 - 0017


Commission Decision

of 29 May 2001

authorising Member States to provide for derogations from certain provisions of Council Directive 2000/29/EC in respect of plants of strawberry (Fragaria L.), intended for planting, other than seeds, originating in Argentina

(notified under document number C(2001) 1485)

(2001/441/EC)

THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,

Having regard to 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(1), and in particular Article 15(1) thereof,

Having regard to the request made by the Republic of France, the Republic of Italy and the Kingdom of Spain,

Whereas:

(1) Under the provisions of Directive 2000/29/EC, plants of strawberry (Fragaria L.), intended for planting, other than seeds, originating in non-European countries, other than Mediterranean countries, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the continental States of the USA, may in principle not be introduced into the Community.

(2) The multiplication in Argentina of plants of Fragaria L. from plants supplied by a Member State, in order to prolong the producing season of the plants, has become an established practice. The plants produced are afterwards exported to the Community to be planted for the fruit production.

(3) By Decisions 93/411/EEC(2), 95/53/EC(3), 96/403/EC(4), 97/353/EC(5) and 1999/181/EC(6), the Commission authorised derogations from the requirements of Directive 2000/29/EC and its predecessor, Council Directive 77/93/EEC(7), subject to special technical conditions, in respect of such plants for the 1993 to 2000 seasons.

(4) In the season 2000, Italy reported to the Commission detection of the harmful organism Xanthomonas fragariae Kennedy & King in plants imported pursuant to the above derogation. The organism was detected at the time of import of the plants which were therefore destroyed at the point of entry.

(5) From the additional information supplied by Argentina on the above finding it was not possible to confirm the source of the contamination. However Argentina confirmed that administrative and technical measures will be strengthened for all future shipments of strawberry plants destined to the EU; it is considered therefore that the circumstances justifying the previous authorisations still obtain.

(6) A similar derogation to that granted in previous years should therefore be provided, with similar stringent requirements, for the import of Argentinean strawberry plants for a limited period between 1 June 2001 and 30 September 2002.

(7) The measures provided for in this Decision are in accordance with the opinion of the Standing Committee on Plant Health,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

1. By derogation from Article 4(1) of Directive 2000/29/EC with regard to the requirements referred to in Annex III(A) (18), Member States may permit the introduction into their territory of plants of strawberry (Fragaria L.), intended for planting, other than seeds, originating in Argentina, under the conditions laid down in paragraph 2 and 3.

2. Plants of strawberries introduced pursuant to paragraph 1 shall satisfy the following specific conditions, in addition to the requirements laid down in part A of the Annexes I, II and IV to Directive 2000/29/EC:

(a) the plants shall be intended for fruit production within the Community and shall have been:

(i) produced exclusively from mother plants, certified under an approved certification scheme of a Member State, which were imported from a Member State;

(ii) grown on land which is:

- situated in an area isolated from commercial strawberry production,

- situated at least 1 km from the nearest crop of strawberry plants grown for fruit or runner production which do not satisfy the conditions of this Decision,

- situated at least 200 m from any other plants of the genus Fragaria which do not satisfy the conditions of this Decision, and

- prior to planting but after the previous crop was removed from the land, either officially tested by appropriate methods or treated to ensure it is free from soil-infesting harmful organisms;

(iii) officially inspected by the Plant Protection Service of Argentina, at least three times during the growing season and again prior to export, for the presence of the harmful organisms listed in part A of Annexes I and II to Directive 2000/29/EC, and of any other harmful organism which is not known to occur in the Community and on each occasion found to be free from all such organisms;

(iv) prior to export:

- shaken free from soil or other growing medium,

- cleaned (i.e. free from plant debris) and free from flowers and fruits;

(b) they shall be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued in Argentina in accordance with Articles 7 and 13 of Directive 2000/29/EC, on the basis of the examination laid down therein.

The certificate shall state:

- under the rubric "Disinfestation and/or disinfection treatment", the specification of the last treatment(s) applied prior to export,

- under "Additional declaration", the indication "This consignment meets the conditions laid down in Decision 2001/441/EC", as well as the name of the variety and the Member State certification scheme under which the mother plants had been certified.

3. (a) The plants shall be introduced through points of entry designated for the purpose of this derogation by the Member State in which they are situated; these points of entry and the name and address of the responsible official body referred to in Directive 2000/29/EC in charge of each point shall be notified sufficiently in advance by the Member States to the Commission and shall be made available on request to other Member States. In those cases where the introduction into the Community takes place in a Member State other than the Member State making use of this derogation, the responsible official bodies of the Member State of introduction shall inform and cooperate with the responsible official bodies of the Member States making use of this derogation to ensure that the provisions of this Decision are complied with.

(b) Prior to introduction into the Community, the importer shall be officially informed of the conditions laid down in paragraphs 2(a), 2(b), 3(a), 3(b), 3(c) and 3(d); the said importer shall notify details of each introduction sufficiently in advance to the responsible official bodies of the Member State of introduction indicating:

- the type of material,

- the quantity,

- the intended date of introduction and point of entry into the Community,

- the names, addresses and the locations where the plants will be stored under official control pending the results of the inspections and tests referred to in (c); at least two weeks before movement of the plants from the premises where they are stored the importer shall notify the responsible official body of the premises referred to in point (d) where the plants will be planted.

The importer shall inform the official bodies concerned of any changes to the above details as soon as they are known.

The Member State concerned shall inform the Commission of the above details, and details of any changes to them without delay.

(c) The inspections including testing, as appropriate, required pursuant to Article 13 of Directive 2000/29/EC and in accordance with provisions laid down in the present Decision shall be made by the responsible official bodies, referred to in the said Directive. These inspections shall be carried out by the Member State making use of this derogation and where appropriate, in cooperation with the said bodies of the Member State in which the plants will be planted. Furthermore during the inspection that Member State shall also inspect and, where appropriate, test for all other harmful organisms. Without prejudice to the monitoring referred to in Article 21(3) second indent, first possibility of the said Directive, the Commission shall determine to which extent the inspections referred to in Article 21(3) second indent, second possibility of the said Directive shall be integrated into the inspection programme in accordance with Article 21(5) (third subparagraph) of that Directive.

(d) The plants shall be planted only at premises officially registered and approved for the purposes of this derogation and of which the name of the owner and address of the site have been notified in advance by the person who intends to plant the plants to the responsible official bodies of the Member State in which the premises are situated; in those cases where the place of planting is situated in a Member State other than the Member State making use of this derogation, the responsible official bodies of the Member State making use of this derogation, at the moment of receipt of the advance notification from the importer, shall inform the responsible official bodies of the Member State in which the plants will be planted giving the name and addresses of the premises where the plants will be planted.

(e) The responsible official bodies shall ensure that any plant not planted in accordance with (d) is destroyed under their control. Records shall be kept and made available to the Commission on request of the numbers of plants destroyed.

(f) In the growing period following importation, a suitable proportion of the plants shall be visually inspected by the responsible official bodies of the Member State in which the plants are planted, at appropriate times, at the premises referred to in (d), for the presence of any harmful organism or for signs or symptoms caused by any harmful organism; as a result of such visual inspection any harmful organism having caused signs or symptoms shall be identified by an appropriate testing procedure. Any plant which has not been found free during the said inspections or testing, from the harmful organisms mentioned in paragraph (2)(a)(iii), shall be immediately destroyed under the control of the responsible bodies.

Article 2

Member States shall inform the other Member States and the Commission by means of the notification referred to in Article 1(3)(b) of any use made of the derogation. They shall provide the Commission and the other Member States, before 1 November of each year, with the information on amounts imported pursuant to this Decision and with a detailed technical report of the official examination referred to in Article 1 (3)(c). Furthermore all Member States in which the plants are planted shall also provide the Commission and the other Member States, before 1 March after the year of importation, with a detailed technical report of the official examination referred to in Article 1(3)(f).

Article 3

Article 1 shall apply to plants introduced into the Community during the period between 1 June 2001 and 30 September 2002. The present Decision shall be revoked if it is established that the conditions laid down in Article 1(2) and 1(3) are not sufficient to prevent the introduction of harmful organisms or have not been complied with.

Article 4

This Decision is addressed to the Member States.

Done at Brussels, 29 May 2001.

For the Commission

David Byrne

Member of the Commission

(1) OJ L 169, 10.7.2000, p. 1.

(2) OJ L 182, 24.7.1993, p. 63.

(3) OJ L 53, 9.3.1995, p. 35.

(4) OJ L 165, 4.7.1996, p. 37.

(5) OJ L 151, 10.6.1997, p. 40.

(6) OJ L 59, 6.3.1999, p. 32.

(7) OJ L 26, 31.1.1977, p. 20.

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