Diabrotica virgifera is listed in Council Directive 2000/29/EC as a regulated harmful organism. Whilst Community emergency measures already are in place to control this pest, there has been increasing pressure from some MS, and from farmer's organisations, to considerably review/amend the current rules in the light of the ongoing spread of the pest. An impact assessment will be undertaken for five previously identified policy options.
The FCEC consortium has been responsible for the collection and collation of data on the economic, social and environmental impacts of the policy options, including on the status quo, on which information is needed to establish the baseline scenario. To this end, we have consulted with all relevant stakeholders, including MS competent authorities, industry organisations such as European farmers/maize growers/breeders and seed producers associations, pesticide toxicity experts, environmental NGOs, etc.
The Commission services have used the results of this study for an impact assessment as to define a long term Community strategy against Diabotrica.
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