Meeting between Deputy Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Konstantin Savenkov and Director of EC Directorate-General for Health and Food
Safety Michael Scannell was held in Brussels on September 28, 2018.
During the meeting, the parties discussed further spread of
African swine fever in the EU territory in the light of ASFV introduction into
Belgian wild boar population and reporting of this disease by large pig farms and
slaughter and processing establishments of Romania. The Rosselkhoznadzor
requested information about measures, taken to contain and eradicate the
disease in the designated zones.
Besides the Russian party raised a question concerning the
possibility of visiting recently infected countries (Belgium, Bulgaria,
Romania, the Czech Republic) and bordering countries (Germany) by Russian
specialists in order to assess the measures, taken to improve ASF situation in
the EU member-countries.
In addition, the European party requested the Russian colleagues
to provide a more detailed information on HPAI cases in Russia in order to
facilitate the consideration of the issue regarding accepting Russian highly
pathogenic avian influenza regionalization by the European Commission.
Other bilateral cooperation aspects, including export of
dairy products to the EU and import of live animals from the EU to Russia were
also discussed. As for the latter, the Russian party committed itself to
providing the European colleagues with comprehensive questionnaires in order to
evaluate the efficacy of the European safety control system used for commercial
livestock export (cattle, small ruminants, pigs).
Based on the results of the talks, the parties agreed to
continue bilateral communication to resolve relevant SPS problems on a regular