In Kiev Sergey Dankvert held working meetings with the Minister of Agrarian Police of Ukraine, Nikolay Prisyazhnyuk and the Chairman of the State Veterinary Committee of Ukraine, Ivan Bisyuk.
Sergey Dankvert spoke positively of the dynamics in the relations between the Veterinary Service of Ukraine and the Rosselkhoznadzor. Not long ago, the Veterinary Service of Ukraine recalled its certificates of inspections of meat and milk processing plants of Ukraine due to cases of their non-compliance with the Russian veterinary and sanitary requirements and norms detected in the course of the joint inspection in September 2010.
The Rosselkhoznadzor shall receive an updated list of plants of Ukraine interested in export of animal products to Russia and the guarantees of the Veterinary Service of Ukraine assuring the compliance of these plants with the Russian veterinary and sanitary requirements and the requirements of the Customs Union. Afterwards, these plants will be inspected by the Rosselkhoznadzor’s specialists.
In addition, the sides discussed the issues concerning transit of animal products through the territory of Russia to Kazakhstan from plants of Ukraine not approved by the Rosselkhoznadzor and by July 7, 2010 not included into the list of plants approved for export into the territory of the Customs Union. The issues concerning mutual approximation of the position of Ukraine with the positions of the Customs Union member-countries were also discussed. The sides agreed that it was necessary to hold a conference among heads of veterinary services of Ukraine and the Customs Union member-countries in the beginning of November 2010 in order to settle problems not regulated by the legislations of the CIS and the Customs Union.
In the course of this meeting, a protocol is planned to be signed by the veterinary services of the Customs Union member-countries and Ukraine with the aim of approximation of the procedures allowing free transportation of animal products.
The discussion was also devoted to export of fish products from Ukraine to the Customs Union member-countries and the results of the inspection undertaken by the Rosselkhoznadzor’s specialists in September 2010. It was noted that 6 of the 8 inspected plants would be added to the list of plants approved for export of fish products to Russia after agreement with veterinary services of Belarus and Kazakhstan. The other 2 plants will be added to the list after the previously detected violations are removed and the guarantees of safety are received from the Veterinary Service of Ukraine.
The issue concerning export of animal products from Ukrainian plants not included into the list of plants approved for export to Russia, but exporting their products to Belarus and Kazakhstan was also discussed. The Russian side is ready to consider the request to include these plants into the lists authorized by the Rosselkhoznadzor after the Veterinary Service of Ukraine gives the guarantees on compliance of these plants with the requirements of the Customs Union. Afterwards these plants will be inspected.
The sides also noted, as it had been underlined in the 33th Intergovernmental Council on Veterinary Cooperation currently taking place in Odessa, that the Instruction on the procedure for issue of veterinary accompanying documents for consignments under state veterinary surveillance in the CIS countries adopted in Tashkent in 1998 had become out of date and it did not allow for objective control of animal movements and animal product movements in export-import operations. It was pointed out that it was necessary to establish an electronic control system in the CIS, like Argus implemented by the Rosselkhoznadzor, for overall control of import of animal products.
In addition, it was mentioned that it was necessary to compile lists of plants and regulate the export system in a system similar to that established in the Customs Union registering and inspecting plants producing animal products and registering persons responsible for issue and signing of veterinary accompanying documents.