Rosselkhoznadzor / News
Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance
Customs Union Memorandum on Scientific Support for Plants Quarantine is Terminated
The CU member states signed a Memorandum on Scientific
Support for Plant Quarantine on the 5th of April, 2011. The Memorandum was
signed to support the CU member state phytosanitary authorities by arranging
joint research, developing scientific-methodological phytosanitary rules,
developing common approaches to implementation of phytosanitary measures and by
other activities ensuring effective prevention of pest introduction and
effective pest control. The Republican Unitary Enterprise of the Republic of
Belarus "Institute of Plant Protection" that is accredited to provide
scientific and methodical support for plant quarantine within the CU expressed
its wish to cease cooperation within the abovementioned Memorandum.
Director of the institute S.V. Soroka noted that there is
not a scientific unit in the Institute structure dealing with plant quarantine
research and the research in this field has not been financed so far”.
The Rosselkhoznadzor is very much concerned about the
situation because taking into that the Belarus colleagues regularly violated
Russian phytosanitary requirements it is dubious whether the Republic of
Belarus carries out/does not carry out any phytosanitary risk analysis for
pests included into the national pest control list and reliability of the
carried out phytosanitary tests causes a lot of doubts.
Therefore, the plant quarantine activities taken within the
CU framework, i.e. within the Eurasian Economic Commission, will not have
adequate scientific support. Pursuant to the requirements for this type of
research it is necessary to harmonize their results with the accredited
scientific institutions, therefore, the pattern of cooperation between such
institutions is pretty unclear in this situation.
The fact that Belarus withdraws from the Memorandum imperils
creation of the CU common pest list and common CU phytosanitary requirements
that have been developed since 2011.
Mar 3, 2015