On May 13, Sergey Dankvert, Head of Rosselkhoznadzor, held a meeting with Budimir Plavšić, Head of the OIE Regional Representation in Moscow.
The meeting was also attended by the representatives of the Russian Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Rosselkhoznadzor specialists.
The Rosselkhoznadzor informed Mr Plavšić that additional materials had been sent to the OIE regarding restoring of the status of the Russian Federation as a country having a FMD-free zone without vaccination.
During the meeting the parties also discussed in detail the forthcoming OIE events in which Russia is invited to take part. In particular, the parties reviewed a possible meeting of Nikolay Vlasov, Russian OIE Delegate and Deputy Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor, with Monique Eloit, OIE Director General, within the framework of the OIE General Session in May, 2019. In the same period it is also planned to hold a meeting between the Rosselkhoznadzor and the OIE Status Department and a representative of the OIE Scientific Commission to consider granting Russia a status as a country with an officially controlled BSE risk and to examine the possibility for Russia to apply for PPR and contagious bovine pleuropneumonia (CBPP). Besides, the Rosselkhoznadzor informed Mr Plavšić that the Service was about to send some additional information on self-declaration of the HPAI-free status restoration of zones in the Russian Federation. Acquiring such status, among other things, will contribute to exports diversification and growth.
Moreover, the parties agreed to have a number of consultations with the participation of the OIE experts on the following issues: antimicrobial resistance, brucellosis and rabies. Another important issue touched upon during the meeting related to the participation of Russia in the OIE regional seminar on stray dog population management for West Eurasia countries. The first round of the seminar is planned to be held in Russia in the nearest time. The second round will take place in Georgia this September.
Sergey Dankvert underlined that the issue at stake was highly relevant for Russia. In this context, it was noted that veterinary services in a number of regions (not part of the Rosselkhoznadzor system) did not pay necessary attention to existing risks of social and veterinary nature that are incurred by stray animals. In this connection, within the framework of the seminar the Rosselkhoznadzor is intending to work out the most humane approaches to deal with the current issues in Russia. Afterwards those recommendations will be transmitted for implementation to the subjects of the Russian Federation.
A particular part of the meeting was devoted to Russia’s successful application of the electronic veterinary certification on the basis of the FGIS “Mercury”. In the view of the parties, introducing such a system contributes to reduced risk of animal disease propagation in the country. It was highlighted that launching of “Mercury” analogues in other states would help preventing massive spread of the ASF virus which is of particular concern to the European countries and China. In this context, the parties acknowledged the need to share the experience of Russia in a more extended manner during the forthcoming OIE regional events.