Brussels Daily
18 Dec 2018


Brussels Daily


African Swine Fever: ministerial conference on preparedness and long-term management of wild boar

Tomorrow, 19 December, the ministerial conference on the “Eradication of African swine fever in the EU and the long-term management of wild boar populations” organised by the Commission will take place in Brussels. For the first time, at the initiative of Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, Agricultureand Environment Ministers are gathered in a joint event to reflect upon the control and eradication of African Swine Fever.The meeting will focus on the preparedness of Member States to deal with African Swine Fever and with long-term management of the wild boar population: the effects of the different wild board control optionswill be addressed and the latest scientific developments of the disease will be presented by EFSA. The overall objective of the meeting is to enhance better cooperation and coordination among veterinary services, farmers, forestry management bodies, and hunters. Ahead of the event, Commissioner Andriukaitis said: Prevention, control and eradication of African Swine Fever must remain a high priority for the EU in order to minimise the potential risks for the farming sector, the environment and the European eco-system. The wild boar population plays an important role in the spreading of the disease especially in certain European regions where it has developed substantially. Biosecurity measures should be the core of the EU strategy, and our actions shall be proportionate and cannot lead to the extermination of the wild boar, a native EU species which shall remain an integral component of the ecosystem. This conference aims to stir a common strategic reflection on these issues and I look forward to discussing these issues with actors who are on the front line of the fight against African Swine Fever.”The event to be web-streamed tomorrow, 19 December, as from 9:30 CET here.

Africa-Europe Alliance: first projects kicked off just three months after launch

At the High-Level Forum Africa-Europetoday in Vienna, hosted jointly by the Austrian Presidency of the EU, notably by Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, and Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda and the Chairman of the African Union for 2018, President Jean-Claude Juncker reiterated Europe’s ambition for a true and fair partnership among equals between Africa and Europe. President Juncker presented the first results of the Africa–Europe Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs, just three months after its launch. The Alliance aims to deepen the economic and trade relations between the two continents, in order to create sustainable jobs and growth. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: “Europe and Africa share a long history and a bright future. This is why I proposed a new Africa-Europe Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs, to help attract both European and African investment and create 10 million jobs in Africa over the next five years. Translating words into action, we have already taken a series of measures to bring our ambitions to life.” The President is accompanied to the High-Level Forum by Vice-President Andrus Ansip, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan and Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel. Read the full press release here. The speech by President Juncker at the High-Level Forum Africa-Europe is available online.

Read the European Commission – Daily News in full here

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