Summary fiche

The overall objectives of the BTSF Training Programme on Plant disease outbreaks-contingency planning for priority pests are:

  • Provide for a common understanding of the current state of play of suitable approaches to address outbreaks of priority pests in the EU territory
  • Identify tools, procedures and reaction measures (generic and specific)
  • Compare key elements of contingency plans and other preparedness elements elaborated by their respective MS
  • Building capacity at national level for the planning and implementation of plant health contingency actions
  • Developing specific skills, through training, simulation and the exchange of experience and best practices
  • Ensuring the new skills, knowledge and best practices learned are disseminated effectively within MS


The course addresses the following topics:

  • Introduction to contingency plans of plant disease outbreaks in EU territory for priority pests.
  • EU legal framework on contingency planning.
  • Contingency planning: roles and responsibilities, chain of command.
  • Simulation exercise and other preparedness activities.
  • Action plans for priority pests.

Target audience

This Training Programme has been designed for the profiles and positions described below. Please verify compliance with the selection criteria before submitting or validating applications.

  • All official staff of countries invited involved in development and implementation of plant disease outbreak contingency plans. 
  • All staff from national, regional, and local competent authorities directly involved in carrying out inspections and enforcing controls of plant health, including staff from laboratories. 
  • Staff of competent authorities involved in controls of imported products. 
  • Proficient in the English language

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 31/01/2023 03/02/2023 Madrid Spain
2 21/03/2023 24/03/2023 Ljubljana Slovenia
3 18/04/2023 21/04/2023 Bratislava Slovakia
4 23/05/2023 26/05/2023 Tallinn Estonia
5 13/06/2023 16/06/2023 Lisbon Portugal
6 26/09/2023 29/09/2023 Ljubljana Slovenia
7 17/10/2023 20/10/2023 Bratislava Slovakia
8 14/11/2023 17/11/2023 Tallinn Estonia
9 11/12/2023 14/12/2023 Athens Greece
10 2024 2024 Athens Greece
11 2024 2024 Madrid Spain