The EU Commission has referred Italy to the Court of Justice for not taking adequate measures to prevent the spread of the harmful 'Xylella fastidiosa' organism in the south-eastern region of Apulia. The first outbreak of Xylella fastidiosa in the region was detected in October 2013, at which point Italian authorities should have removed infected plants in the demarcated areas and carried out monitoring and sampling operations in the relevant locations.
EU refers Italy to Court of Justice for inadequate response to harmful 'Xylella fastidiosa' organism
Demands for tighter controls in Spain on imported olive trees from Morocco
The municipal council of Castro del Rio has asked the Spanish government to restrict olive tree imports from Morocco due to the "serious” phytosanitary threat they represent. For several years now, Morocco’s olive trees have been affected by the Xylella bacterium and Spanish producers are not satisfied with the Moroccan authorities’ response.
UPA calls for calm as Xylella fastidiosa bacteria detected in Andalusia
The first case of Xylella fastidiosa has appeared in Andalusia in ornamental plants of the Polygala myrtifolia species in El Ejido (Almería). Xylella fastidiosa is a bacteria that affects olive trees, almonds, grapes and citrus fruits, among other species. The region’s union of small famers (UPA) has appealed for calm as they believe this is but an isolated case which is totally under control.