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

In March 1997, the representative of Uruguay, supported by Mexico, South Africa and Chile, expressed concern about an EC decision to eliminate the criteria of protected zones or areas within the Community territory. The consequence, it was feared, could be the strengthening and extension of phytosanitary requirements to the whole of the Community. Chile was concerned about negative consequences on exports of citrus fruits. Delegations requested the European Communities to clarify the technicalities and scientific basis for the proposal and provide information on when the plan would be notified. The representative of the European Communities noted that the issue reflected current discussion in the Standing Plant Health Committee; he would forward the concerns to the relevant plant health authorities. He indicated that the policy the European Communities would pursue meant that access to the European Communities would depend on the conditions at the origin of the exports.