(endorsed by EPPO Council in September 2010)
The 40th Working Party (Flakkebjerg (Slagels) DK, 2010-05-18/20) reviewed the prospects for pest control for minor uses. Two EPPO workshops had addressed minor uses concerns (Berlin-2006; Brussels-2009) and the Working Party assessed the progress made with regard to the implementation of recommendations agreed at these workshops. The Working Party concluded that, although progress has been made, serious concerns remain as to whether in the longer term, pest control in some minor crops will be possible. The Working Party recommends the following actions which were endorsed by the Council (Paris, 2010-09-21):
EPPO urges the establishment of a coordination platform in Europe before the end of 2010 in which national authorities, industry and growers’ associations work together. In the first instance this may be best achieved by reconvening the EU Technical Group for Minor Uses. This platform should:
EPPO calls on the EU Commission to establish a minor use fund in accordance with the provision of Regulation 1107/2009, and that such a fund should be recommended within two years after this Regulation enters into force.
EPPO stressed that this fund should not replace national or regional initiatives, but facilitate additional necessary actions on a European level.
EPPO considers the establishment of this fund essential in order: