Public consultation has been opened on a draft European Commission document which sets out a provisional list of ‘high risk’ plants that could be temporarily prohibited from crossing into the EU.
According to BALI the move stems from a wider recognition that certain plants, plant products and other objects commonly brought into the EU host pests, which have been identified as having a major impact on UK plant species.
A risk assessment system is being proposed by the legislation, which would be undertaken by countries wishing to export to the EU. This assessment would then be submitted to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), who will gauge the threat posed and make recommendations to the commission.
A statement by BALI said: “Whilst BALI members have acknowledged the need for robust measures to protect countries from new pests and disease, it is also recognised the profession has grown to rely on stock which is often transferred between non-EU and member countries, including [developing] countries.”