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Regulation (EU) 2016/2031 of the European Parliament and of the Council on protective measures against pests of plants, amending Regulations (EU) No. 228/2013, (EU) No. 652/2014 and (EU) No. 1143/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council and repealing Council Directives 69/464/EEC, 74/647/EEC, 93/85/EEC, 98/57/EC, 2000/29/EC, 2006/91/EC and 2007/33/EC.

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This Regulation establishes rules to determine the phytosanitary risks posed by any species, strain or biotype of pathogenic agents, animals or parasitic plants injurious to plants or plant products and measures to reduce those risks to an acceptable level.
Specific provisions are laid down as regards quarantine pests. As a general rule, a European Union quarantine pest shall not be introduced into, moved within, or held, multiplied or released in, the Union territory. To this end the Commission shall establish a list of pests which fulfill the conditions of quarantine pests listed in article 3. Further specific provisions regard priority pests (those whose potential economic, environmental or social impact is the most severe in respect of the Union territory) and Union quarantine pests used for official testing, scientific or educational purposes, trials, varietal selections or breeding.
Detailed rules are laid down as regards notification procedures in case of imminent danger, measures to be taken immediately by professional operators and others. For eradication, provisions are set out concerning demarcation of areas; surveys and modifications of demarcated areas and lifting of restrictions; protected zone quarantine pests.
Chapter IV is devoted to measures concerning plants, plant products and other objects. Certain plants, plant products or other objects shall not be introduced into the Union territory if they originate from all or certain third countries or territories. The Commission shall adopt a list containing those plants, plant products and objects which are prohibited from being introduced into the territory of the Union, together with the third countries, groups of third countries or specific areas of third countries to which the prohibition applies.
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An unofficial consolidated version of the present Regulation as amended last by Regulation (EU) 2017/625 of 15 March 2017 is attached.
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Official Journal of the European Union L 317, 23 November 2016, pp. 4-102.
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