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Sergey Dankvert Discussed Issues of Mutual Trade with European Counterparts

The meeting was held on the margins of the 83rd International Trade Fair for Food Industry, Horticulture, Agriculture and Forestry «Green Week — 2018» in Berlin. The Russian side at the negotiations was headed by Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Sergey Dankvert. The European delegation was represented by Director of the Directorate for Food Chain: Stakeholders and International Relations, Michael Scannell, Director of the Directorate for Nutrition, Livestock and Plants, Bernard Van Goethem and other representatives of the European Commission. The event was also attended by First Deputy Chairman of the Russian Federation Council Committee for Agrarian and Food Policy Sergey Lisovsky.

The Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor noted that despite the EU sanctions and Russia’s retaliatory measures, there are still technical issues related to mutual trade. In particular, we are talking about the fulfillment by the parties of veterinary and sanitary requirements, which are not related to politics and should be viewed upon exclusively at the professional level.

The European side thanked the Rosselkhoznadzor for arranging the meeting and expressed its hope for resolving issues related to the development of mutual trade. In this regard, Sergey Dankvert noted that the nature of mutual deliveries has always been determined by the supply of European products to Russia rather than the Russian products to the EU.

Sergey Dankvert noted that 92% of European establishments certified for deliveries to Russia were included in this list under the guarantees of the veterinary services of the EU member states. After lifting the «food embargo», the question arises about the possibility of access to the market for all the establishments previously included under the guarantees. In this connection, the necessity was voiced for updating these lists by the EU.

It was also stressed that today 4537 establishments approved for supplies to the EAEU are included in the lists of establishments that are authorized for supply to the EAEU countries, while only 592 establishments are allowed for export from the Russian Federation to the territory of EU, of which 526 establishments are producers of fishery products. Based on that, it can be concluded that the EU allows only those products that are of interest to its market. In this regard, the statement that to date the number of establishments certified for deliveries to Russia is insufficient does not reflect the real situation.

The Russian side made a proposal to consider the issues of access of European establishments to the Russian market during negotiations at the level of the Eurasian Economic Commission. In response the colleagues from the European Union reported that it would be convenient to consider the raised issues at the level of discussion with the Rosselkhoznadzor experts. In particular, Mr. Scannell asked Sergey Dankvert to act as a sort of initiator of a number of issues related to product supplies to other EAEU countries. In this regard, Sergey Dankvert stressed that the Rosselkhoznadzor is not authorized to represent the interests of all the EAEU member-states.

Another issue on the agenda of the talks was the discussion of cooperation and exchange of information on electronic systems used in EU countries, such as TRACES and animal notification systems (ADNS). It is noted that at the end of February the next stage of the integration of the European system TRACES and the Russian system MERCURIUS should be completed. In this regard, positive cooperation was noted. In late March, the launch of the next module of the Mercury system is planned, concerning the electronic certification of fish products exported from Russia to Europe.

Another important topic of the dialogue was the spread of animal diseases in the EU. In particular, it was noted that the number of ASF outbreaks in the European Union is many times higher than in Russia. So, since 2007 when the disease was first registered in Russia, more than 1200 cases have been recorded, while in the European Union the first outbreak was registered seven years later, however, today the number of such outbreaks is more than 5800. Sergey Dankvert stressed that, knowing the characteristics of the disease, the forecasts for ASF situation in Europe are quite critical.

A similar situation evolved with regard to avian influenza, which showed that it is extremely difficult to control the disease, taking into account the nature of its spread.

Given that over the past two years, the Rosselkhoznadzor has provided EU colleagues with a significant amount of information on AI control measures in Russia, Sergey Dankvert asked to acknowledge the regionalization carried out in Russia with regard to avian influenza.

Summing up the results of the meeting, the parties noted the need for deep cooperation on the issues raised, as well as expressed a mutual desire to increase the volume of mutual trade.

Jan 18, 2018

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