Lobbying to Reopen Plants Market in Europe

Exporters of ornamental plants are waiting for government approval in order to be part of the delegation which will request the reopening of the European market, which has been closed since May 2015.

Monday, September 19, 2016

The Chamber of Producers and Exporters of Plant Products (Caprodex) argues that the request was made on July 8 to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) and there has not yet been a response to the request to attend on September 22 the meeting to be held in Brussels to demand the reopening of the market for ornamental plants from Costa Rica. In May 2015 the European Union banned ornamental coffee plants from Costa Rica and Honduras in order to prevent the entry of the bacteria Xylella fastidiosa.

The official request by the union "... was made on July 8, 2016 to the authorities of the MAG and the Comex and as yet, as confirmed by the treasurer of the group, Allan Alvarado, there has been no response."

Crhoy.com explains that "...They have been fighting this cause hand in hand with the Chamber of plants, flowers and foliage of Costa Rica, in light of the closure of exports to the European Union (EU) of these products, citing the danger of the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa attacking vineyards and olive trees in the national territory, however, later on they became independent and created this other chamber. According to them, the market closure is causing serious damage to the export sector of Costa Rican plants because Costa Rica exports 25% of ornamentals to this continent. "

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