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.

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
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 23/01/2024 26/01/2024 Athens Greece
11 27/02/2024 01/03/2024 Madrid Spain
Plant disease outbreaks-contingency planning for priority pests