Because the risk of introduction of African swine fever (ASF) into the Union is higher for Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland due to the occurrence and the evolution of this disease in the bordering territory of Belarus, the Russian Federation and Ukraine, these Member States have informed the Commission and the other Member States of the measures that they intend to adopt to strengthen the protection of their territories and of other Member States.
In December 2013 Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland submitted their respective plans and cost estimates for the implementation of emergency measures during 2014 in the areas considered at higher risk of introduction of ASF from Belarus, the Russian Federation and Ukraine. These plans have been examined by the Commission for Union financial contribution and were found to comply with Directive 2002/60/EC. The actions undertaken by Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland for disease surveillance, cleansing and disinfection of vehicles and for the organisation of awareness campaigns are co-financed at a rate of 50 %. The actions undertaken by Lithuania and Poland to decrease the density of pigs in the infected areas at the border with Belarus should be co-financed at a rate of 30%.
The financial contribution by the Union shall be at the rate of 50 % of the costs incurred and paid for the implementation the following activities: (a) sampling of domestic pigs; (b) sampling of wild boar; (c) ELISA tests; (d) PCR and Sequencing tests; (e) purchase of equipment and disinfectant for cleansing and disinfection; (f) purchase of equipment especially used for disposal of animal carcasses; (g) purchase of equipment for carrying out virological laboratory tests; (h) awareness campaigns.
Friday April 25, 2014/ OJEU/ European Union.