Today, at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development a meeting was held between the Ministers of Agriculture and Chief Veterinary Officers from Estonia, Russian Federation, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, Moldova, Polish, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine and Hungary and the EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis.
Photo: Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis and Polish Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Krzysztof Jurgiel during press conference after the Ministerial Conference on African swine fever
The subject of the talks were the measures taken in the fight against African swine fever (ASF) virus.
- Today’s meeting was devoted to assessing the situation in the individual countries and unifying the measures undertaken – stressed Minister Krzysztof Jurgiel.
- The meeting of the representatives of eleven Member States with Commissioner Andriukaitis ended with the adoption of twelve joint conclusions – informed the Polish Minister of Agriculture.
- Poland is doing well, very well – said EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, adding that the regionalisation worked and that the joint talks between the countries which had been affected by the occurrence of ASF virus and the neighbouring countries deserved recognition.
Also, a representative of the Russian Federation, present during the talks, said that the today’s talks were a good, new step in combating the spread of ASF virus.
Commissioner Andriukaitis stressed the importance of the absolute compliance with the biosecurity policies while expressing his belief that the joint measures undertaken would certainly bring success in the fight against that virus.
- At the next meeting, next spring, we will make another assessment of the measures undertaken and the efficiency of preventing the spread of the disease – added the EU Commissioner.
The individual delegations were headed by:
- Estonia – Minister of Rural Affairs – Urmas Kruuse,
- Russian Federation – Director of the department of cooperation with WTO and other international organisations, Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance of the Russian Federation – Nikita Lebedev,
- Finland – Deputy Director-General, Chief Veterinary Officer, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry –Taina Aaltonen,
- Lithuania – Minister of Agriculture – Virginija Baltraitienė,
- Latvia – State Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture – Dace Lucaua,
- Moldova – Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry – Vasile Luca,
- Poland - Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development – Krzysztof Jurgiel,
- Romania – President, Secretary of State at the National Food Safety Authority – Radu Roatis Chetan,
- Slovakia – Chief Veterinary Officer, Director-General of the State Veterinary and Food Administration of the Republic of Slovakia – Jozef Bíreš,
- Ukraine – Head of the State Service of Ukraine on Food Safety and Consumer Protection –Volodymyr Lapa
- Hungary – Deputy Secretary of State, Chief Veterinary Inspector – Lajos Bognár