Brussels Daily
24 Nov 2015


Brussels Daily



Plant Health: Member States endorse additional EU measures against Xylella fastidiosa

Experts from EU Member States yesterday endorsed additional measures, proposed by the Commission, against Xylella fastidiosa, one of the most dangerous plant bacteria known worldwide. The new measures update the existing emergency provisions adopted in May this year by adjusting the list of regulated plants in relation to the different subspecies of Xylella fastidiosa found respectively in French and Italian territory. Furthermore, the new EU measures foresee the possibility for the Italian authorities to authorise in Apulia the planting, for scientific purposes only, of host plants in well-defined parts of the current containment area. Based on a new EFSA opinion on the susceptibility of grapevine to the Apulian strain of Xylella fastidiosa, the deletion of grapevine from the list of regulated plants was not accepted. However, thermotherapy has been recognised as an effective method to control Xylella fastidiosa on grapevine propagating material within and outside of demarcated areas. Lastly, Member States have to put in place awareness raising campaigns for the general public, travellers, professional and international transport operators about the threat of this dangerous bacterium, and to prepare contingency plans to ensure better preparedness in case of potential outbreaks. More information on plant health and biosecurity is available online.

Joint Statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2015

Tomorrow marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Today one in three women in the EU has experienced some form of gender-based violence in their lives. Within our borders and beyond, too many girls continue to marry or are mutilated in childhood. Growing numbers of women are seeking asylum in the EU; some of whom have been raped, beaten or sexually exploited during their journey, while others flee gender-based violence in their home countries and are seeking protection from the EU. First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, High Representative and Vice-President Federica Mogherini, and Commissioners Neven Mimica, Dimitris Avramopoulos, Christos Stylianides and Věra Jourová said: “We join our voices to put an end to violence against women and girls. This violence constitutes a blatant violation of human rights and gender discrimination that blights every country in Europe and worldwide. We have the resources to put an end to it and the EU is firmly committed to strengthening its efforts in order to make gender-based violence a problem of the past”. Tonight and tomorrow the Commission’s Berlaymont building will be lit up in orange to support the UN campaign ‘UNiTE‘. The full statement is available here and a memo is available here.


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