The European Commission has approved to grant a financial contribution from the Union towards certain measures to eradicate foot-and-mouth disease in wild animals in the south-east of Bulgaria in 2011-2012.
Outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease occurred in Bulgaria in 2011 and cases of this disease were detected in susceptible wild animals. Due to the occurrence of foot-and-mouth disease in areas shared between wild animals and susceptible domestic cloven-hoofed animals, for the first time a Member State drew up a plan for the eradication of foot-and- mouth disease in wild animals in the area defined as infected and specified the measures applied on the holdings in that area. On 4 April 2011, within 90 days following the confirmation of foot-and-mouth disease in wild animals, Bulgaria submitted a plan for the eradication of foot- and-mouth disease in wild animals in parts of the regions of Burgas, Yambol and Haskovo. Following evaluation by the Commission of the plan submitted by Bulgaria Commission Implementing Decision 2011/493/EU of 5 August 2011 approving the plan for the eradication of foot-and-mouth disease in wild animals in Bulgaria was adopted.
Monday December 12, 2011/ DOUE/ European Commission.