A video conference was held on January 21 between Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Sergey Dankvert and Director General of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) Monique Eloit.
The two sides highly commended the outcomes of cooperation between the Rosselkhoznadzor and the OIE in 2020, discussed key directions of cooperation for 2021.
Sergey Dankvert noted that the Rosselkhoznadzor fully supports the OIE projects and takes part in its key events. It is involved into joint research activities, consultations, provides experts’ opinion on a wide range of issues.
In 2020, the Service officials took an active part in three meetings of the permanent group of experts on African swine fever for Europe; in an on-line meeting of the permanent group of experts on LSD in cattle for Asia and the Pacific; in an annual meeting of national reference laboratories for avian influenza and Newcastle disease for the EU members; in annual seminars of the national laboratories for fish and crustaceous diseases and in many other events.
Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Sergey Dankvert expressed gratitude to Monique Eloit for the OIE analysis of dossiers provided by the Service that were used as a basis to officially recognize Russian as a country free from contagious bovine pleuropneumonia and peste des petits ruminants. In addition, Russia confirmed its status of a country with a zone free from FMD without vaccination. Last August the Rosselkhoznadzor also sent a dossier to the OIE to recognize FMD status in five extra zones. The sides are now actively working to complete the dossier with the required information.
During the negotiations, the sides also discussed a possibility to launch (with the participation of the Rosselkhoznadzor) a cross-border project to prevent and control spread of infectious animal diseases and to enhance veterinary services for appropriate implementation of the OIE international standards.
In addition, the sides noted that it was important to enhance monitoring of animal diseases in the wild and to take measures to eradicate rabies.
Monique Eloit expressed gratitude to Sergey Dankvert for comprehensive assistance provided to the OIE and to its regional representation in Moscow.
The OIE Director General highly commended the work done by the Rosselkhoznadzor to diagnose new coronavirus infection in animals and to develop a vaccine for the disease prevention.
Taking into account new trade conditions established between the countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Monique Eloit emphasized that the OIE’s position had not changed: live animals, animal products and package do not play a significant role in the virus spread. Therefore, there are no ground for countries to take extra protective measures, to implement new requirements for trade safety.
In conclusion, the both sides expressed hope for fruitful and conceptual cooperation in 2021.