Directive 2000/29/EC  lists the EU quarantine pests that may be targeted by specific control measures. They are listed in annexes I and II (Part A, Section I and II). Commission Implementing Directive (EU) 2017/1279 and Commission Implementing Directive (EU) 2019/523 have amended Directive 2000/29/EC.


However, Directive 2000/29/EC will be repealed on 14 December 2019 and will be replaced by Regulation (EU) 2016/2031 ("Plant Health Law") of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning protective measures against pests of plants.


Article 6(2) of the Plant Health Law empowers the Commission to establish a list of the priority pests. Published in the Official Journal on 11 October 2019, the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/1702 lists 20 quarantine pests as priority pests, 16 of which are insects.