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EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS - 12 JANUARY
12 Jan 2016

EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 12 JANUARY

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Animal Health: EU commits close to €161 million to combat animal diseases and zoonoses in 2016

The EU has committed close to €161 million to support eradication, control and surveillance programmes that aim to eliminate animal diseases and zoonoses as well as further strengthen the protection of human and animal health. Given the serious impact that animal disease outbreaks can have on human health, but also on economy and trade, the allocation of EU co-financing will continue to assist national authorities in putting in place precautionary measures, disease surveillance and eradication programmes, at national and European level. Overall, 130 programmes have been selected for EU funding under the Regulation 652/2014 on the management of the expenditure in the food safety area.Bovine Tuberculosis (about €62 million); Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (about €12 million); Rabies (€26 million); Salmonellosis (about €17 million); Bovine Brucellosis (about €10 million); Classical Swine Fever (€2,500 million); Avian Influenza (€2 million). Compared to 2015, an increased amount (7 million) has been allocated in 2016 for the implementation of eradication and control of African Swine Fever programmes, mainly in the 4 Member States where the disease has occurred in 2013. Compared to 2015, an increased amount (€7 million) has been allocated in 2016 for the implementation of eradication and control of African Swine Fever programmes, mainly in the 4 Member States where the disease has occurred in 2013. EU co-financing has resulted in a continuous improvement of the animal health and also a decrease in the number of human cases of various zoonotic diseases, such as Salmonellosis (from 151.292 cases in 2007 to 80.677 cases in 2014). Similar success was noted also for Brucellosis and other zoonotic diseases. The co-funded programmes for oral vaccination against Rabies in wild animals have been very successful with the EU achieving a level of Rabies eradication that has never been experienced anywhere else before. The total number of Rabies cases at EU level in wild animals decreased significantly, from 814 in 2007 cases to just 216 cases in 2014 with very few human cases reported.

Commission confirms members of Agricultural Markets Task Force

The European Commission has today formally confirmed the names of the experts who will participate in the new Agricultural Markets Task Force, ahead of the first meeting of this expert group taking place in Brussels tomorrow (13 January). Chaired by former Dutch Minister & University Professor Cees Veerman, the Task Force will consist of 12 experts, all of whom have considerable experience and expertise from different aspects of the food chain. With greater market orientation of EU policies and increasing trade liberalisation in recent years, the EU agriculture sector is no longer shielded from global developments in the food supply chain. The mandate for the Task Force is therefore to discuss relevant issues such as market transparency, access for farmers to financial instruments and futures markets to hedge price risks, options for arranging contractual relations within the chain and legal possibilities for organising farmers’ collective actions.  All of this is with a view to improving the position of farmers in the food chain. The Task Force will hold a number of meetings in the coming months, calling on relevant stakeholders to appear at the different sessions, as well as taking input from representatives from the Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission. The aim is then for the Task Force to present a report in the autumn with its findings, which may include concrete recommendations for policy and legislative initiatives. Tomorrow’s kick-off meeting will concentrate on the issues to be covered and how the Task Force will proceed

OTHER NEWS

  • Quarterly Report on the Euro Area published today
  • EUROSTAT: EU surplus in Trade down to almost €163 billion in 2014

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