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Meeting on African Swine Fever Situation – Highly Dangerous Disease Rapidly Spreading in Eastern Europe

The meeting of the Ministers of Agriculture and Chief Veterinary Officers (or their representatives) of Estonia, Slovakia, Romania, Belarus, Finland, Moldova, the Russian Federation and Ukraine took place in Warsaw, Poland, on October 28, 2016. The meeting was chaired by Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety.

The main subject of the meeting was the situation on African swine fever — a highly dangerous disease rapidly spreading in Eastern Europe.

The Russian Federation was represented by Nikita Lebedev, Advisor to Head of Rosselkhoznadzor of the Russian Federation, and Artyom Metlin, Deputy Director of FGBI «ARRIAH» subordinate to the Rosselkhoznadzor.

In their presentations the participants reported on African swine fever situation which evolved in their countries. The representatives of Moldova expressed deep concern over the introduction of ASF to their territories from the Ukraine, as well as lack of financial support for implementation of anti-epizootic measures to the full extent. The Russian delegation reported on ASF situation in Russia and expressed concern over lack of transparency in some countries, low effectiveness of anti-epizootic measures adopted in these countries and inefficiency of the GF-TADs-related tools in this sphere.

In their presentations experts of EFSA and the European Commission attempted to artificially downgrade the role of wild boars in spreading ASF, meanwhile giving recommendations to gradually cut the populations of wild boars in risk zones. In particular, it was mentioned more than once that density of wild boar populations did not affect the speed of disease spread. However, the Russian side strongly objected to this opinion and was supported by the representatives of some other countries including Poland. The main aim of these expert opinions is the intention of European countries to make amendments to the international legislation and by leveling down the role of wild boars in ASF spread to make the recognition of ASF free status of the countries possible regardless of the disease presence in wild fauna. Nevertheless, owing to persistent discussion initiated by the Russian side, these proposals were not included in the final recommendations developed at the working group meeting.

Nov 2, 2016

Categorys: African Swine Fever , Events , Veterinary , Epizootic situation