In the European Union, palm trees are ornamental plants with high environmental, economic and cultural value, mainly in the Mediterranean countries. Red Palm Weevil is a harmful insect that is native to eastern Asia. It first arrived in the EU in Spain in 1996 through imported palm trees. Over the years it spread to all the Mediterranean EU Member States and to Portugal. The EU aims to prevent the insect's further spread, or where still feasible to eradicate it.