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The EC and Spain collaborate in the study of the most appropriate strategies for the control of the Xylella fastidiosa

The EC and Spain collaborate in the study of the most appropriate strategies for the control of the Xylella fastidiosa

2019/25/02 - The Spanish Government has communicated the full collaboration of Spain with the European Commission (EC) in the study of the most appropriate strategies for the control of the bacteria Xylella fastidiosa.
The is what the Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, who met last Friday, February 22 in Madrid with the Commissioner of Health and Food Safety, Vytenys Andriukaitis has stated in a press release.

Planas has ensured that Spain maintains permanent contact with the EC and the Member States to analyze the situation at all times, as well as the effectiveness of the measures that are applied and their possible adaptation and evolution.
For the minister, it is crucial that all Member States "work in a coordinated manner and with absolute transparency, in line with the single market and the very essence of the European Union".
Since the appearance of cases of Xylella in the European Union in 2015, Spain launched a National Contingency Plan that included a Monitoring Program for the early detection of the bacteria. This program has allowed the detection of the four Xylella outbreaks that appeared in Spain: Balearic Islands in 2016; Alicante in 2017 and Madrid and Almería, in 2018. Likewise, the Plan contemplates measures of containment or eradication in the affected areas, to prevent the expansion of the disease.

On the other hand, Andriukaitis has underlined that he is following this situation closely "and I appreciate the efforts of the Spanish authorities for their eradication". "The Commission is committed to continue its work in parallel with the action of Spain on the ground," he added.

Video of the EFSA
On the other hand, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published a video on Xylella fastisiosa, with subtitles in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish, which brings together researchers from the south of Italy that try to answer important questions regarding what the bacteria is, how it spreads and if it can be controlled.
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