From January 29 to January 31, 2019 the 71st meeting of the EPPO Panel of Experts on Global Phytosanitary Issues was held at the headquarters of the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO) in Paris (France).
During the meeting the experts received reports on such major international events as the FAO-IPPC Regional Seminar for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, EPPO Council Session, CPM Bureau, and IPPC Sea Container Task Force, IPPC Strategic Planning Group, the IPPC working group on standards related to certain types of goods, IPPC’s Capacity Development Committee.
In addition various topical international issues were discussed at the meeting: implementation of the ePhyto electronic certification system; arranging and carrying out activities within the International Year of Plant Health 2020; the IPPC strategic goals for the 2020-2030. The participants also discussed the forthcoming meeting of representatives of the EPPO with the North American Plant Protection Organization (NAOPK) in the framework of the CPM-14 and etc.
The EPPO Director Nico Horn thanked the representatives of the Rosselkhoznadzor for holding the FAO-IPPC Regional Workshop for Eastern Europe and Central Asia and the 70th meeting of the EPPO Expert Group on Global Phytosanitary Issues on the grounds of the All-Russian Plant Quarantine Center.
The experts stressed that arranging one of the three annual meetings of the Group and the Regional Workshop at the same time was a very useful experience and this practice should be continued.