Specialized Section on Standardization of Seed Potatoes

Thirtieth Session, 31 January-3 February 2000,
to be held in the Palais des Nations, Geneva,
commencing at 10.00 hrs on Monday, 31th January 2000

NOTE by the secretariat: Document numbers in square brackets have been reserved for papers not received by the secretariat at the time of the preparation of the agenda. They will either be distributed before the meeting in the original language only (if received until 6 weeks before the session) or at the session as informal papers (if received later). They will also be available on the homepage if sent in electronic format.

1. Adoption of the agenda TRADE/WP.7/GE.6/2000/1
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2. Matters of interest since the twenty-ninth session TRADE/WP.7/GE.6/2000/2
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3. Reports of Meetings of Rapporteurs on Standardization of Seed Potatoes
(a) Seattle TRADE/WP.7/GE.6/2000/3
(b) Milan TRADE/WP.7/GE.6/2000/4
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4. Review of the UN/ECE Standard for Seed Potatoes TRADE/WP.7/1998/9/Add.12
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(a) Review of Part II, Subpart E
(b) Tolerances for powdery scab
(c) Virus tolerances in direct progeny of basic and certified potatoes
(d) Introduction of sub-divisions in the categories
(e) Discussion on areas of certification schemes that might benefit from further standardization
5. Status of the revised UN/ECE Standard for Seed Potatoes, its promotion and future role
6. Questionnaire on certification schemes[TRADE/WP.7/GE.6/2000/5 (France, Italy, Switzerland, Secretariat)]
TRADE/WP.7/GE.6/1998/7 (Israel)
7. Discussion on genetically modified organisms [TRADE/WP.7/GE.6/2000/6 (Switzerland)]
8. Routine procedures for sampling TRADE/WP.7/GE.6/2000/7 (France, Netherlands)
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9. Matters of Interest related to the activities of the:
- European Union
- World Trade Organization
- European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO)
- North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO)
- International Plant Protection Convention
10. Preparation of the meetings of rapporteurs and the next session of the Specialized Section
(a) Date and place
(b) Preparation of a meeting of the rapporteurs with EPPO, NAPPO and IPPC
(c) Establishment of long and short term objectives
11. Preparation of the 56th session of the Working Party on Standardization of Perishable Produce and Quality Development
12. Other business
13. Election of officers
14. Adoption of the report TRADE/WP.7/GE.6/2000/8
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Explanatory notes and timetable see


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