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State Plant Protection Service has been established pursuant to Plant Protection Law adopted by Parliament (Saeima) 17 December 1988 as a state institution supervised by Ministry of Agriculture.

The Service performs official control and surveillance in the field of free movement of plant protection products, fertilizers, plants and plant products, plant varieties, seed and planting material, as well as collaborates with international organizations and provides the exchange of information with other countries on issues of plant protection, plant quarantine, movement of seeds and variety protection rights.

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Meeting in Riga to seek for solutions to strengthen plant health

Riga, 26 May 2015. EU Chief Officers of Plant Health Services, representatives from EU Commission and General Secretariat will meet in informal meeting  on 27 - 28 May in Riga to discuss harmonisation of procedures on plant and plant product import control and other plant health issues.

Participants of the meeting will discuss the following issues: how quickly it is possible to detect pests and how pest eradication measures are regulated at the national level in each Member State. Participants will also discuss the measures related to implementation of the new Plant Health Regulation.

“Currently plant quarantine situation in Europe confirms the need to strengthen the plant health regime and the need to increase the Member States’ capacity to be able to quickly and consequently respond to pest appearance, preventing in a timely manner possible losses in agriculture and forestry,” points out Kristīne Kjago, the Director of Latvian Plant Health Service.

The meeting will take place in „Avalon Hotel”, 13.janvāra iela 19, Riga.

It is planned that participants will visit on 27 May one of the Latvian peat plants in Latvia — Latvian-German joint venture „Silu kūdra” in Engure district, Smārde parish.

Attention for media: On 28 May 28 12:00 — photo, video and interview opportunities with participants of the meeting. Please, contact in advance Ms Dace Ūdre: dace.udre@vaad.gov.lv.

Media contacts:
Dace Udre
Public Relations Specialist
Latvian Plant Health Service
Phone: +371 26425173
E-mail: dace.udre@vaad.gov.lv
website: www.vaad.gov.lv