The meeting was held on March 26-27, 2013 in the Republic of Ireland. It was devoted to the
discussion of technical issues in the area of the development of veterinary
certificates different from the common Customs Union veterinary certificates.
Representatives of all CU countries, Health and Consumer Protection Directorate
General of the European Commission (DG SANCO) and EU member countries were
present at the meeting.
During the meeting the experts agreed,
initialed by DG SANCO and sent to the Customs Union for initialing the veterinary
certificates for live fish, invertebrates and poikilotherm aquatic animals,
their impregnated roe, semen, larvae intended for raising, breeding or other
use excluding direct human consumption exported from the European Union into
the Customs Union as well as a certificate for boar semen.
In addition the parties discussed the draft
veterinary certificate for egg powder, mélange, albumin and other egg products
exported from the European Union into the Customs Union. During the
negotiations the EU party proposed new provisions on avian influenza
requirement certification. The above mentioned requirement will be examined by
the CU members. The discussion of the proposed veterinary certificate will be
continued during the regular technical meeting.
The parties discussed the issue of
ready-to-eat meat product exportation from the Kaliningrad Oblast to the EU
member countries. As for excessive EU requirements on processing ready-to-eat
meet products at least at 80°C,
which are inconsistent with international recommendations, the EU undertook
obligations to bring the temperature requirements in conformity with the OIE
recommendations. During the meeting other issues related to simplification of
ready-to-eat meat product exportation from the Kaliningrad Oblast to the EU member
countries were also discussed. In order to solve the issue the parties agreed
to continue discussion at the expert level and to establish an ad hoc group to
discuss this issue with the involvement of representatives from the CU member
In addition the parties agreed to examine
the EU suggested draft procedure for validation of EU-CU veterinary
certificates for products exported from the EU into the CU member countries for
its further initialing.
The parties agreed to examine the
possibility of holding a meeting of EU and CU representatives during the week
from April 22, 2013 for the discussion of current issues of animal product
The next meeting for the discussion of technical
issues of veterinary certificates different from common Customs Union
veterinary certificates is scheduled for the second half of May current year.