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Meeting between Sergey Dankvert and State Secretary of Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Economy of Republic of Serbia Bogdan Igich

The meeting took place in the venue of the Russian Agro-Industrial Exhibition “Golden Autumn” on the initiative of the Serbian party. The agreements reached during the similar meeting of the previous day with the Rosselkhoznadzor presented by Deputy Head Yulia Shvabauskene were announced during the discussion.

Mr. Igich informed the Russian counterparts that a working group for control and phytosanitary security of plant products planned for export to Russia had been established. The announced measures were caused by the Rosselkhoznadzor claims against product export to Russia via Serbia being subject to the retaliatory measures of the country and thus illegal.

The Serbian party assured Sergey Dankvert that such cases should never reoccur because a great deal of work had been done in that respect. In particular the system for control and surveillance of such products was reinforced, the stuff turnover took place.

The Russian party noted that Serbia should focus on the differentiation of large and small producers and enhance the supervision of small producers being the greatest phytosanitary risk.

It was mentioned that not all product shipping points in Serbia were equipped with inspection equipment, besides, phytosanitary certificates are issued remotely while an inspector is unable to examine freights in fact. In this connection Sergey Dankvert emphasized that it was reasonable to reduce the number of points of phytosanitary certificate issuing to enhance the control in this respect.

The parties also reached an agreement on the visit of Serbian experts to the Rosselkhoznadzor subordinate FGBI “All-Russian Centre for Plant Quarantine” Besides it was noted that the representatives of two other Rosselkhoznadzor subordinate institutes, namely the FGBI “ARRIAH” and the FGBI “VGNKI”, would come on a visit to the Serbian Veterinary Institute “New Garden” in order to sign a memorandum on scientific cooperation.

The Serbian party also asked to remove grape plant export restrictions for the nursery in which the Rosselkhoznadzor had detected an RF quarantine object – the agent of grape bacterial wilt. The parties agreed to exchange technical documents concerning the detection of this object in the said establishment.

 

Oct 5, 2017

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