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27th Conference of OIE Regional Commission for Europe: Towards a New Dynamic

The 27th Conference of the World Organisation for Animal Health’s (OIE) Regional Commission for Europe, whose composition totals 53 Member Countries, was held in Lisbon, Portugal, from 19 to 23 September 2016.

The event gathered national Delegates and/or their representatives of 40 Member Countries of the OIE Regional Commission for Europe and several high level representatives of the OIE Headquarters, the OIE Regional Representation in Moscow (Russia), the OIE Sub-regional Representation in Brussels (Belgium) and the OIE Sub Regional FMD Coordination Unit Office in Astana (Kazakhstan). Representatives of international and regional organisations involved in animal and veterinary public health activities in the region and numerous observers and experts also participated in the event. The Russian Federation was represented by Yevgeny Nepoklonov, Deputy Head of the Rosslekhozandzor; N.V. Lebedev, Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor’s Department, and A.Ye. Metlin, Deputy Director of the FGBI “ARRIAH”.

The Conference was the occasion to pilot an innovative programme aimed at enhancing the participation of Member Countries in the discussions and decision-making on issues relevant to the region. As a result, plenary presentations on the necessary relationship among the various institutional actors, group sessions and panel discussions triggered a new dynamic for this important institutional event. The participants were also provided with detailed information, analyses, and trends on the diseases of greatest concern in Europe, gathered through the OIE World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS), namely lumpy skin disease, African swine fever, foot-and-mouth disease, rabies, peste des petits ruminants and highly-pathogenic avian influenza.

In the course of the conference the following two technical topics were discussed: “Rabies control and eradication in Europe: challenges and strategies for rabies-free Europe” and “Lumpy skin disease: current situation in Europe and neighboring regions and appropriate control measures able to contain it in the South-Eastern Europe”. With the aim to develop recommendation for Technical Topic I (“Rabies control and eradication in Europe: challenges and strategies for rabies-free Europe”) the Russian delegation proposed the candidature of A.E. Metlin, Deputy Director of the FGBI “ARRIAH” who took part in the activities of the corresponding Expert Working Group. Besides several vital issues were discussed, paying special attention to the following:

- In order to improve the activities of the OIE Regional Commission for Europe the Task group was established including Russia, Austria, Belarus, Latvia, Serbia, Germany, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Switzerland, European Commission and representatives of the OIE regional offices in Moscow and Astana. It is supposed that the OIE Task Group will meet twice a year in December and April;

- The processes of standard update and ASF and LSD chapter revision were discussed with the participation of the Code Commission President;

- OIE procedures for disease freedom status official recognition against self-declaration;

- Europe’s participation in the disease global control and eradication strategies;

- PVS Pathway development possibilities to increase its value for member-countries with working group session in future;

- Antimicrobial resistance: information update and future developments.

On the margins of the conference regular meetings of ASF and LSD GF-TADs Working Groups were held. Upon the request of the Russian Federation the process of LSD chapter amendment was initiated. Primarily these amendments were related to export conditions of animal products not posing risk of the disease spread from LSD infected countries and zones. These amendments were included into the final recommendations for Topic II “Lumpy skin disease: current situation in Europe and neighboring regions and appropriate control measures able to contain it in the South-Eastern Europe”.

 

Sep 28, 2016

Categorys: Administration , Events , OIE