Plants and plant products are an essential economic, environmental and social asset in the European Union: cereals, fruit and vegetables make a vital contribution to our food supply and to our rural economy and other plant species are essential parts of the biodiversity of the countryside providing important ecosystem resources
The threats to plant biosecurity have increased with the globalization in trade and travel, which has resulted in increased volume and diversity of plants and plant products entering the European Union. Climate change effects, may also increase the risk of pest establishment, spread and impact, and may influence the conditions under which previously benign pests are able to develop and cause damaging impacts in a complex situation.
The purpose of the training will be to increase the knowledge of the participants from Member States and the common understanding of the best practices of surveillance to allow efficient, effective and early pest detection supported by the administrative and financial resources EC are making available.
The survey programs shall be implemented under the sole responsibility of the competent authorities of the Member States. Each Member State therefore has an important role to play in ensuring that these objectives are achieved from 2021 to 2023 the program will offer:
The selection criteria to participate in the course are:
- Officers from EU MMSS competent authorities involved in official control activities so ask to keep them up-to-date with all aspects of EU law in Plant Health Survey and ensure that controls are carried out in a more uniform, objective and adequate manner in all MMSS.
- Senior staff responsible for planning, conduct, analysis and reporting of surveys, from Member States, Candidate, potential Candidates and EEA/EFTA countries.
- Proficient in the English language.