On November 24, the Rosselkhoznadzor held a meeting with the authorized veterinary bodies of the EAEU member states and the representatives of the Department for Sanitary, Phytosanitary and Veterinary Measures of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) through video conferencing.
The meeting was initiated by the Rosselkhoznadzor with a view to discuss the Implementation Plan for further development of national veterinary information systems with regard to approval of the transit notification submission mechanism already agreed between the Russian and Belarusian parties in September 2020. This refers to ensuring record keeping and traceability for products supplied from the Republic of Belarus, through transit via Russia, to other EAEU countries by means of the information systems of the two countries.
In particular, the functionalities of the Rosselkhoznadzor information systems FGIS “Argus”, FGIS “Mercury.Notifications” and “eCert”, as well as of the functional unit for animal product identification and traceability “AITS-Traceability” of the state system “AITS” of the Republic of Belarus will be used for transit notification submission.
However, the implementation of the said project is impossible without the participation of Armenia, Kazakhstan and Kirghizia.
In the course of the meeting, the representatives of the EAEU countries and the EEC supported the mechanism proposed by the Russian and Belarusian parties and agreed that the Armenian, Kazakhstani and Kyrgyz parties would forward the official confirmation of the decision to the Rosselkhoznadzor by December 10, 2020.
The authorized veterinary bodies of the EAEU member states will then launch the Implementation Plan for further development of national information systems.
Besides, the parties discussed the further elaboration of draft amendments to the Regulation on the uniform procedure for veterinary control (surveillance) at the customs border and in the customs territory of the Eurasian Economic Union as regards enshrining a provision on the application of a risk-based approach to veterinary control (surveillance).
Previously, during the meeting of the Working Group “Veterinary and sanitary measures” held on November 20, 2020, all the parties, with the exception of the Republic of Kazakhstan, had supported the proposal.
In that vein, agreements were reached with the Kazakhstani party on holding additional consultations together with the EEC in order to resolve the issues at hand. The talks will be organized in the near future.