Traditional meeting of heads of the National Competent Authorities responsible for veterinary medicine and representatives of business circles of Russia, Italy, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, and Lithuania was held on the sidelines of the international Green Week -2015.
Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor, Sergey Dankvert, stressed that ASF spread situation in four EU countries and failure of the European Commission to take adequate measures resulted in serious economic losses in the EU and the issue is still can’t to be solved in the short term.
In case Russia removes retaliatory economic restrictive measures pork export from the EU will be possible after a new form of veterinary certificate is agreed upon. This new form will enable performing scientifically grounded ASF regionalization and compartmentalization of pork producing establishments.
Such European countries as Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, and Slovakia are still in high risk. The Rosselkhoznadzor considers that agreeing upon a new veterinary certificate is the only possible way to solve the ASF situation in the European Union as the EU challenging Russia in the WTO court can result in long court proceedings.
Dmitry Pozdnyakov, Executive Director of the North-West Meat Association emphasized optimistic attitude for further work despite of complexity of the mutual trade situation. Mr Pozdnyakov assured that past work pace will be at the same level. He also reminded that when signing bilateral protocols on beef trimming export exporting countries gave additional guarantees on complying with all Russian veterinary and sanitary requirements. In this context business circles expressed hope for future work aimed at resuming pork product export from some EU countries to the Customs Union. It was remarked that bilateral work based on scheme “country-country” can be quite efficient.
Wednesday January 14, 2015/ Rosselkhoznadzor/ Russia.