STC Number - 19

Protected zones

Maintained by: European Union
Raised by: Uruguay
Supported by: Chile; Mexico; South Africa
First date raised: March 1997 G/SPS/R/7, para. 60
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: Raised orally
Products covered: 08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons; 0805 Citrus fruit, fresh or dried.
Primary subject keyword: Plant Health
Keywords: Plant health
Status: Not reported
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

Uruguay expressed concern about an EC decision to eliminate the criteria for protected zones within the European Communities, as this might result in a strengthening of phytosanitary requirements for the whole Community. This could also have negative consequences for citrus fruit exports from Chile. Delegations requested a clarification of the scientific basis for this proposal. The representative of the European Communities indicated he would forward the concerns to the relevant authorities. He clarified that according to the policy, access to the European Communities would depend on the conditions in the country of origin.