On December, 20 the Rosselkhoznadzor delegation represented by
Director of the FGBI “VGNKI” V.V. Nikulin and Director of the FGBI “ARRIAH”
D.A. Lozovoy participated in the fourth meeting of the regional target group of
the OIE Regional Commission for Europe in Vienna (Austria).
Just before the meeting the Austrian side held a bilateral
meeting between the delegation of the Rosselkhoznadzor and the representatives
of the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES), during which the presentations
on the main activities of the Agency and the Austrian food safety surveillance
system were made to the Russian side. In their turn the representatives of the
Russian delegation stressed the importance of interaction with AGES with regard
to scientific and technical cooperation.
During the meeting of the regional target group the
organizers noted the unsatisfactory work and inactive participation of Russia
in the activities of the group in the previous period. At the same time, the
OIE representatives noted that this time the Russian delegation was
During the event it was decided to hold the next meeting of
the target group in Moscow next April.
In his speech Director of the FGBI "VGNKI" V.V.
Nikulin paid a special attention to the problem of antimicrobial resistance and
the need to intensify work on this issue. He also stressed that during the next
meeting in April 2018 the Russian side will make presentations on the Russian
experience of tackling the problem of antimicrobial resistance, as well as a
presentation on brucellosis.
During the meeting special attention was paid to the problem
of more active involvement of Russia and other Russian-speaking states in the
activities of the OIE target groups. For that it was decided to strongly
support the provision of interpreting services during the events and translation
of documentation. In his turn Director of FGBI "VGNKI" V.V. Nikulin
stressed that the Russian side is ready to fully provide the translation of documentation
during the OIE events into the Russian language.
Particular attention during the meeting was paid to the spread
of ASF and other infectious animal diseases. In the course of discussions, the
representative of the Russian Federation, Director of the FGBI
"VGNKI" V.V. Nikulin noted that natural reservoirs are one of the
most dangerous ways of spreading diseases of terrestrial animals.
Rivers, lakes and coastal marine areas are first to enter
the risk zone where infected animal carcasses can get not only naturally, but
also as a result of inappropriate activity of economic entities.
In this regard, the Russian side expressed the opinion that
it is necessary to extend awareness raising campaigns among the population, as
well as to strengthen active interaction with representatives of hunting and
fish control bodies.
In conclusion, the participants of the meeting noted the positive
results of the past event and expressed hope for the development and deepening
of cooperation, as well as for the more active participation of Russian representatives
in the OIE activities in the future.