Parlement européen : question E-012068/2015 de Richard Sulík (ECR) - possible présence de la flavescence dorée en Slovaquie

Niveau juridique : Union européenne

Question le 12-08-2015

Article 16 (1) of Council Directive 2000/29/EC states that Member States must notify, in writing, the Commission and the other Member States of the appearance of any of the harmful organisms listed in Annex II, Part A, Section II in any part of that Member State’s territory in which their presence was previously unknown.

Since the beginning of the 2015 growing season, a number of wine growers in Slovakia have reported growing numbers of the Scaphoideus titanus leafhopper, a vector of Grapevine flavescence dorée mycoplasma-like organism (MLO). The relevant Slovak government body has been notified of this phenomenon.

In the Commission’s view, what action should be taken and in what time frame?

Should/must the Slovak Government wait until Grapevine flavescence dorée MLO is positively identified in Slovakia and then impose the necessary quarantine measures by means of a decree, or should/must the Slovak Government act now, at a time when the vector of Grapevine flavescence dorée MLO is multiplying in Slovakia, to make sure that it does not spread further across Europe?

Does the Commission take the view that Council Directive 2000/29/EC can/should be applied to a carrier of Grapevine flavescence dorée, which would mean that the Slovak Government must notify the other Member States of the appearance of Scaphoideus titanus?


Réponse le 19-10-2015 de Mr Andriukaitis au nom de la Commission

Scaphoideus titanus is a vector for Grapevine Flavescence Doree Mycoplasma-like organism (MLO), a regulated harmful organism under the present Council Directive 2000/29/EC(1). The vector itself is not a regulated organism and thus not subject to notification.

Grapevine Flavescence Doree is of high economic interest and is presently found in few EU Member States. New findings need to be notified, as well as the actions taken to control this disease. Vector control is essential in such control strategy.

Slovakia has not notified the presence of Grapevine Flavescence Doree.

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