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Technical negotiations between the Veterinary Services of the Customs Union and European Union

The meeting was held on March 26-27, 2013 in the Republic of Ireland. It was devoted to the discussion of technical issues in the area of the development of veterinary certificates different from the common Customs Union veterinary certificates. Representatives of all CU countries, Health and Consumer Protection Directorate General of the European Commission (DG SANCO) and EU member countries were present at the meeting.

During the meeting the experts agreed, initialed by DG SANCO and sent to the Customs Union for initialing the veterinary certificates for live fish, invertebrates and poikilotherm aquatic animals, their impregnated roe, semen, larvae intended for raising, breeding or other use excluding direct human consumption exported from the European Union into the Customs Union as well as a certificate for boar semen.

In addition the parties discussed the draft veterinary certificate for egg powder, mélange, albumin and other egg products exported from the European Union into the Customs Union. During the negotiations the EU party proposed new provisions on avian influenza requirement certification. The above mentioned requirement will be examined by the CU members. The discussion of the proposed veterinary certificate will be continued during the regular technical meeting.

The parties discussed the issue of ready-to-eat meat product exportation from the Kaliningrad Oblast to the EU member countries. As for excessive EU requirements on processing ready-to-eat meet products at least at 80°C, which are inconsistent with international recommendations, the EU undertook obligations to bring the temperature requirements in conformity with the OIE recommendations. During the meeting other issues related to simplification of ready-to-eat meat product exportation from the Kaliningrad Oblast to the EU member countries were also discussed. In order to solve the issue the parties agreed to continue discussion at the expert level and to establish an ad hoc group to discuss this issue with the involvement of representatives from the CU member countries.

In addition the parties agreed to examine the EU suggested draft procedure for validation of EU-CU veterinary certificates for products exported from the EU into the CU member countries for its further initialing.

The parties agreed to examine the possibility of holding a meeting of EU and CU representatives during the week from April 22, 2013 for the discussion of current issues of animal product safety.

The next meeting for the discussion of technical issues of veterinary certificates different from common Customs Union veterinary certificates is scheduled for the second half of May current year. 

Mar 28, 2013

Categorys: Harmonization CU/EU , Events , Veterinary