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Brexit: lavender and rosemary in the UK's sights

Confagricoltura urges ministries; European Commission intervenes

Confagricoltura intervened in support of Italian horticulturalists who are alarmed by the entry into force of a provision which, despite the agreements already signed between the European Union and the United Kingdom, establishes very restrictive phytosanitary provisions and also in possible conflict with international regulations.

The London authorities would like to address, on paper, the risk of introducing Xylella fastidiosa still present in Italian olive groves. In practice - explains Confagricoltura - with a provision approved in mid-February and entered into force in these days, London has subjected the export of particular plants from countries where Xylella is "known" to strict protocols and requirements. Italy is obviously affected with its exports, among others, of rosemary and lavender which producers, particularly Ligurians, report in danger, given the considerable flow across the Channel and the potential developments that would be compromised. The United Kingdom is in fact the fifth outlet market of the sector, with almost 5% of exports in value.

Confagricoltura drew the attention of the ministries of agricultural policies and foreign affairs, which quickly gave feedback, agreeing on the concerns expressed and guaranteeing a position taken at the community level. The dossier, thanks to the intervention of the ministries, is now on the table of the European Commission, which has already complained to the British authorities "great disappointment for the adoption of the aforementioned measures, as they are not justified on a technical-scientific level, with the agreements made".

In fact, these are measures adopted unilaterally, without a risk based on science, nor a sufficient period of adaptation for companies to the new requirements. These are onerous controls from a procedural point of view and in fact impracticable which - concludes Confagricoltura - determine an unacceptable and unjustified competitive disadvantage to the detriment of our operators.

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