Plant material imported into EU Protected Zones must comply with requirements stricter than those normally applied in the EU.
Within the European Union, Finland is a protected zone with respect to Bemisia tabaci, Erwinia amylovora, the Tomato spotted wilt virus TSWV, the Impatiens necrotic spot tospovirus (INSV) in garden balsam, the Beet necrotic yellow vein furovirus BNYVV, the Colorado beetle Leptinotarsa decemlineata and Globodera pallida.
Protected zones set special restrictions on the import of fire blight host plants from other EU countries to Finland. Plants that host fire blight may only be imported from other protected zones or buffer zones, and must carry a ZP Plant Passport label.
Fire blight host plants include:
- Juneberries, i.e. serviceberries Flowering quince (Chaenomeles)
- Hawthorn or thornapple (Crataegus)
- Quince (Cydonia)
- Japanese plum (Eriobotrya)
- Apple trees (Malus)
- Photinia davidiana
- Firethorn (Pyracantha)
- Pear trees (Pyrus)
- Rowans (Sorbus)