ECJ condemns Italy over spread of disease killing olive groves

Italy has failed to implement EU measures to halt the spread of a disease ravaging olive groves across southern Europe, the European Court of Justice ruled on Thursday

Italy has failed to implement EU measures to halt the spread of a disease ravaging olive groves across southern Europe, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on Thursday. 

First observed in Italy in the region of Apulia, Xylella fastidiosa is spread by insects and can infect a wide number of trees, eventually killing them. It is considered by the European Commission as “one of the most dangerous plant bacteria in the world”. Since it was identified in 2013, outbreaks have been reported in central Italy, France, Spain and Portugal.

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